CP Lagos Inaugurates the Lagos State Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS) Advisory Committee

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police in conjunction with the Legal Aid Council with support from the RoLAC 2 program and Duty Solicitors Network (DSN) on the 31st January, 2024 inaugurated the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme Advisory Committee in Lagos State.

The State Coordinator, Legal Aid Council, Mrs. Iyabo Akingbade said PDSS is an intervention conceptualized to protect the rights of suspects and detainees through the provision of early legal advice and representation at the police stations. This intervention decongests our courts and correctional facilities.

The Scheme has the effect of improving the image of the Police, improves the effectiveness of legal aid service delivery and encourages the respect for human rights.

Mrs. Akingbade said that the PDSS Advisory Committee’s Mandates are to: review, advice and resolve any issue affecting the effective implementation of the scheme in the State; Compile annual report to be submitted to the IGP; engage in advocacy and training for both the Police and the Duty Solicitors, and prepare regulations to guide it’s operational activities. She said though members of the Committee renders free service, they should see their duties as a service to the nation and to humanity and therefore be committed.

The police commissioner, Mr. Adegoke Fayoade while inaugurating the Committee, pledged his continued support and promised that the police will continue to respect and protect the rights of all citizens in accordance with the law and due process.

The Chief Judge of Lagos State was represented by the Deputy Chief Registrar, Admin who delivered his lordship’s goodwill message and commended the CP Lagos for formalizing PDSS within the State.

The State Coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission also commended the police commissioner for inaugurating the Committee and promised to continue in their resolve to protect the rights of all citizens.

NBA Lagos and Ikorodu branches also took turns to commend the police commissioner on the epoch-making event.

The State Program Director of the RoLAC 2 program, Mrs. Ajibola Ijimakinwa promised that RoLAC 2 will continue to support the committee for better access to justice and justice delivery in the State.

The Advisory Committee Members comprises of:

The police commissioner as Chairman
O/C Legal – PDSS Liaison Officer
LACON State Coordinator – Co – Chair
REPLACE – Secretary
NHRC – Member
NOA – Member
NYSC – Member
AG – Member
CJ – Member
OSJI – Member
NBA – Member (Bayo Akinlade, Bamigho Elijah and Esther Jimoh).

The Committee will no doubt improve respect for the rights of suspects and detainees like other citizen, as well as improve access to justice and justice delivery in Lagos State.

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