Lagos State Office of the Public Defender has extended its Awareness Campaign to the Lagos Island Local Government Area as part of efforts to enlighten the populace on the free legal services being rendered by the present administration through the Office to residents of the State.
Speaking at the Awareness Campaign/Legal Clinic held at the main hall of Lagos Island Local Government, the Director, Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemi said that the purpose of embarking on the awareness campaign is to further sensitise the people in the environs about the activities of OPD as well as conducting a free Legal Clinic to reawaken the public about the New Laws enacted by Lagos State Government to preserve their Rights and that of the vulnerable.
She stated that the Office was established to render free legal services in criminal and civil cases to the indigent and vulnerable residents of the State, with emphasis on issues threatening the socio-economic right of the poor as well as other disadvantaged groups like women and children.
Mrs. Adeyemi further explained that the services of the OPD are basically free and urged the people of the State to take advantage of its operations which was set up in the year 2000 to cater for those that cannot afford the fees of a lawyer.
While imploring parents/guardians to closely monitor and advice their wards, especially the female as cases of defilement is on the increase in the State, Adeyemi stressed that the State government has no tolerance for cases of Domestic Violence.
According to her “As part of the State Government efforts to enhance access to justice by vulnerable members of the society and reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of domestic violence within the State, the Lagos State Government has dedicated a telephone number (07080601080) toll free, for Lagosians”.
Appealing to people of the State to make use of the OPD toll free line, she explained that the dedicated line is open to members of the public 24/7, to call Government Officials who will listen to their various complaints and information on any issue, especially those affecting children, women and other vulnerable members of the society and offer free legal services to the needy as may be necessary.
She emphasised that the State Government would not rest on its oars in ensuring a society free of crime.
Recall that the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) was established by Lagos State Government to render free legal services to the less privileged members of the State with focus on the socio-economic rights of Women, Children and Persons with Disability.