In a bid to further strengthen the justice system and promote the rights of citizens ,the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday extended its Joint free legal Clinic to residents of Ibeju-Lekki and its environs held at the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Lagos.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje ably represented by The Director Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), Mrs. Biola Oseni, stated that all Lagos State residents must have access to justice irrespective of age, gender or socio- economic class.
The Solicitor General also noted that the Directorates and Agencies in the Ministry of Justice offer free services in one or more particular areas which includes family disputes, landlord/tenant issues, domestic violence against women and children, estate properties of the deceased who has died without a will, amongst others.
Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey-Jeje further explained that the Joint Free Legal Clinic holds yearly at various communities across the State, to make legal consultation closer to the people while sensitizing the residents on their rights in accordance with the law and to ensure justice, promote peace and harmony among the citizens.
She however urged the residents of Ibeju-Lekki and its environs to continue showing support to the State Government as this will promote a peaceful dialogue between the people and the government for harmonious coexistence and development in Ibeju Kingdom.
The Chairman Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Hon. Abdullahi Sesan Oluwa, represented by the Supervisor for Agriculture and Social Services, Hon. Kareem Olatunde Muyideen expressed gratitude for the laudable free legal initiative presented to the people of Ibeju-Lekki.
Hon. Abdullahi Sesan Olowa also extended his gratitude to the Lagos State Government, Ministry of Justice and its agencies for including the indigenous people of Ibeju-Lekki kingdom in this excellent free legal exercise as this will further improve the harmony and balance among its people.
While appreciating the State Government for its free legal services, the Paramount ruler of Ibeju kingdom, HRM. Wasiu Olasunkanmi Oguntolu 1, urged residents of Ibeju-Lekki to embrace and accept the services provided by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice and its agencies.
The Paramount ruler represented by High Chief Moshood Adewale urged Ibeju residents to always adhere to the laws of the State and never take laws into their hands.
Oba Oguntolu therefore pledged that all that was absorbed during the sensitization program will be disseminated to other residents of the community while assuring the full support of his office to the State Government, Ministry of Justice and its agencies.
Delivering the vote of thanks, the Director, Directorate for Citizens’ Rights, Ms. Adetutu Oshinusi, expressed immense gratitude towards the Lagos State Government, Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State, Directors, lawyers, State Counsel and other members of staff for their support towards ensuring a speedy dispensation of justice across the State.
Other attendees at the event includes notable traditional rulers of Ibeju Lekki ,Youth leaders,Local Government officials,market men and women and Ibeju Lekki residents.