Abuja - Mrs Joy Bob-manuel , the Director
General of Legal Aid Council of Nigeria,
on Monday said that nine million people
have benefitted from the “Access to Justice Project” of the council since 2014.
Bob-manuel said this in an interview in Abuja on Monday.
She said that the World Bank-sponsored "Access to Justice
Project’’ of the council allowed people at the grassroots to have access to
The DG said that the
project featured some campaigns at the grassroots to enable the people to
patronise centres at their doorsteps.
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The campaigns were in the form of different radio
programmes, awareness campaigns and workshops, she said.
She said the council, under Section 8 (2) of the Legal Aid
Act 2011, was empowered to provide legal representation in cases of
manslaughter and malicious or wilful grievous hurt.
According to her, the council is also empowered to offer
legal representation on assault resulting in bodily harm, stealing, rape, and
Bob-manuel said members of staff of the council had updated
their knowledge in paralegal studies to meet up with its mandate.
She said the administration staff members of the council
were trained in paralegal skills to enable them
take clients’ stories in the absence of lawyers.