THE Peoples Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M) on Boxing Day announced the establishment of Peoples Defence Initiative (PDI) with the principal objective to give legal aid and support to vulnerable and indigent Nigerians at no cost to them.
According to TPAP-M in a press statement signed by Prince Chima Williams, Chair, Legal Defence Commission of TPAP-M; Femi Falana, SAN, Chair, National Action & Mobilisation Commission of TPAP-M;, Comrade Omotoye Olorode and Comrade Jaye Gaskia both of TPAP-M Secretariat, PDI is open to individuals and groups who are in need of legal advice and representation.
“The cases of human rights violations and attacks on the Nigerian people by State and non-state actors have been on a steady increase. These violations are primarily against ordinary Nigerians from all parts of the country. These violations come in various degrees and shades.
“It is on the strength of this premise that the Legal Defence Commission of TPAPM has established The People’s Defence Initiative to give legal aid and support to vulnerable and indigent Nigerians at no cost to them. The initiative is open to individuals and groups who are in need of legal aid. Our intervention would include but not restricted to the following; providing legal advice [and] providing legal representation.
“We urge Nigerians whose rights have been violated to contact the People’s Defence Initiative immediately,” the statement reads.
The PDI has therefore called on the general public; victims and families of victims whose rights have been violated to submit their complaints in the following format; the names of the victim(s); date, time and place of violations; type of violations or infringement suffered; name of perpetrators and other relevant details about them; any action already taken in the matter; contact details of the petitioner including name, residential and office address, functional numbers, including WhatsApp number (if available) and email.
PDI said complaints can be submitted in writing or by SMS, WhatsApp, email, telephone or delivered to PDI’s offices located at Suite 008, 3rd Floor, Transpharm Plaza, Opposite Jabi Motor Park, Jabi, Abuja.