Worried by the increasing rate of land grabbing, Lagos State Government, yesterday, assured victims of land grabbers popularly called ‘Omo-Onile,’ of free legal advice.
Director of Public Advice Centre (PAC) in ministry of Justice, Tola Akinsanya, who gave the assurance during the agency’s courtesy visit to Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, said that the agency was created to provide free legal advice to victims of land grabbing, child abuse, employers’ exploitation and others.
Akinsanya urged Lagosians especially residents of Ikorodu, to shun all form of social vices and seek free legal advices on issues bordering them.
The director stressed that the visit to Ikorodu was part of measures to enlighten residents on how to seek their rights from violators without engaging in violence.
In his response, Shotobi commended state government for developmental strides in Lagos State, saying PAC is another good initiative of the government to assist downtrodden get justice.
The monarch further advised the residents to always approach the centre for alternative dispute resolution as against embarking on violence on issues affecting them.
According to him, this programme today is aimed at creating awareness on how Ikorodu citizens can get free access to justice. As the closest to the grassroots, we have been enlightened on activities of PAC which we are going to transmit to the people.
“Not all the cases here in Ikorodu need to get to court; with PAC, we can settle so many disputes amicably and peacefully. All the Chiefs and Royal fathers are here to convey the agency’s message to the people,” he said.