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Lagos assures indigent residents of free legal service

Lagos State Government, through the Public Advice Centre (PAC), has advised the indigent residents of Lagos State to take advantage of the free legal service offered by the government for resolution of their legal problems.

The Director, Public Advice Centre (PAC), Mrs Tola Akinyemi, gave the advice during a roadshow at Ikeja, Agege and Alimosho Local Government Areas to sensitise Lagosians on the services of the centre.

She disclosed that the agency handles an average of 8,000 complaints monthly which are referred to different government agencies for resolution.

She cited the case of a lady who was bathed with acid by her boyfriend for breaking their relationship.

She said the centre got the police to investigate the matter and that the suspect would soon face trial at the Lagos High Court.

The PAC director, who said the roadshow was intended to sensitise the people to ensure equality of justice to all, also disclosed that the centre has a wide range of services to offer.

She said: “PAC has jurisdiction on all matters. When you bring your complaints, we advise and refer you to the agency that would better handle your complaints.’’

She enjoined couples being abused by their spouse to bring their complaints to the centre for resolution and also listed other areas the centre could be of assistance to the people to include family and inheritance, social exclusion and discrimination, workers compensation, land matters, rights violation, social welfare and child rights among others.

Speaking on the initiative, the Vice chairmen of  Ikeja and Agege council areas, Mr Yomi Mayungbe and Mr Abiodun Ogunji, praised the state government for the initiative which they said is one that is for the development of Lagos.

Mayungbe expressed the conviction that the activities of the centre would assist his plans while in office. Ogunji, on the other hand, advised Lagos residents to take advantage of the initiative offered by the centre to improve their well-being.