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Lagos Govt. engages media houses on free legal service reportage

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government has begun to engage media organisations and their staff on adequate reportage of legal cases provided freely for indigent residents across the state.

It said that the adequate reportage of cases being prosecuted freely through the Office of Public Defender (OPD) for victims of rape and others could help to stem the tide in the state.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Lagos traffic radio, Ikeja, the OPD director, Dr. Babajide Martins, said the visit was to explore area of cooperation and support the radio station could provide for the agency in the more news report and coverage of OPD activities.

According to him, OPD was not oblivious of the teeming population of Lagos residents, especially the indigent and vulnerable who are listeners of Traffic radio that need to know more about the agency in order to use its free legal services to the fullest.

He further said that OPD counsel were being regularly trained to deliver first-class free legal services in line with the current administration’s philosophy of security and governance for Lagosians.

Responding to the request, the General Manager of Lagos traffic radio, Tayo Akanle, assured OPD of the radio station’s readiness to support its efforts to become more visible in the public space and deliver its statutory responsibility.

Akanle, meanwhile, stated that the media organisation through its services was unique and reliable when it comes to traffic news and this made the station the first choice to radio listeners in the state and beyond.

“The radio station has become darling of motorists and road users because of reliability of its traffic news, professionalism and timely dissemination of road news to the residents and visitors to the state alike”.

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