Published 2th October 2020
Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK) has said he is committed to making an impact in law, as he did in the entertainment industry.
He also pledged to use his knowledge of the law to make more Nigerians aware of their rights through programmes and entertainment.
Kanayo, who was called to the Bar in September, could not hide his joy when he made his first appearance in Court 2 of the High Court of Rivers State sitting in Port Harcourt, last week.
The veteran actor appeared alongside a friend from the University of Lagos, Mr Loveday Okwaraji.
Afterwards, Kanayo told The Nation of his intention to do well in law. He said: “I want to make my mark in law as I made in the entertainment industry. It may not be through litigation and court appearances, because the law, as you know, is like an elephant, you have many branches of law including entertainment law. I want to do my best to raise the bar, I want to make sure that Nigerians know their rights and that law enforcement agents act within the ambit of the law.
“For instance, in the ongoing EndSARS protest, both protesters and law enforcement agents have their limits and everybody must act within the limits of their powers for the society to move forward. The protesters have a right to protest and at the same time they must respect others’ right to go about their legitimate businesses. Nobody has the right to molest the other while exercising his or her legitimate rights.”
He advised law enforcement agents to bear in mind that “power comes from the people, so the power base must be respected. And as long as the police know this and respect it, chances of conflict and abuse will be greatly reduced.
“Most of the challenges we had were because of operating out-dated laws. For instance, we had no business operating 1943 Police Act in 2020 but with amendment of the relevant laws, we shall improve in our engagements and then move forward as a country’’.
Kanayo noted that the Constitution guaranteed the fundamental rights of Nigerians, including rights to freedom of association and movements.
He added: “The Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJ) 2015 condemns arrest by proxy in Section 7, so nobody can be arrested now in lieu of another person. The era of arresting a man because of the offences committed by his father or brother is gone, so we have to make Nigerians aware of these laws through programmes.
“Right now I am learning the practice of law; I have to follow my seniors to learn practice at their feet. It was quite interesting and encouraging to announce appearance in court and be led by seniors. I have a duty I imposed on myself to make people understand the law, to understand what happens in courts from practical perspectives.” The Nation