Lagos state inmates awaiting trial have pleaded for speedy intervention from the government, adding that they have learnt their lessons.
They made this known when Director, Directorate of Citizens Rights, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odusanya paid an official visit to Lagos Correctional Centres at Ikoyi and Badagry and and Kirikiri Female Correctional centres recently.
Responding to their plea, Odusanya assured the inmates access to free legal representation during hearing of their cases in court.
Odusanya stated that the Department conducts prison watch services to ensure that the rights of inmates, especially those awaiting trial, are protected under the law.
She noted that the visit is to ensure that those awaiting trial have legal representation in conjunction with the office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Community Service Unit.
According to her, the state is highly concerned about the increasing number of those awaiting trials across the state.
Speaking on the visit to the three Correctional Centers, Mr Dare Opadeji, Deputy Controler Ikoyi Correctional Centre, Mr Sanni Ojo Richard Assistant Controler Badagry Correctional Center and Mrs. Ekpendu Lixxie, Deputy Controler, Kiriki female Correctional Centre, expressed their gratitude to the Directorate on behalf of the inmates and those awaiting trials,adding that the visits give some of the inmates, hope of getting freedom .