Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Office of the Public Defender


The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) was created on 21st August, 2015, but attained its legal status vide the Office of the Public Defender Law, No. 13 of 15th December, 2015.

Office of the Public Defender as an Agency of the State Government set up to further the administration of justice in Ekiti State. It is set up to bring justice closer to the people of the state by providing free legal representation in court to indigent citizens, to make use of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) for amicable settlement of disputes. It is also empowered by the Law setting it up to organize symposium, workshops etc., and to promote legal advice on legal issues.

In the course of the year, the office had a total number of patronage of 4,032. It held 3,772 mediation sessions on civil cases, ranging from marital disputes, land disputes, child custody/maintenance, landlord/tenant matters, breach of contract agreements. It also attended to criminal matters in the various courts and police stations.

As part of the contribution of the Agency in fighting against all forms of sexual abuse in Ekiti State, Office of the Public Defender started a Sexual Abuse Awareness Programme to sensitize secondary school students on the increase of the various sexual abuses they are susceptible to and the imminence of such evil acts, how to protect themselves, rendering advice to victims (if any) and where to seek help.

To ensure just and fair society.

The central purpose and role of the Office of the Public Defender is defined as:

  • Promote access to Justice for the Indigent through collaborative efforts with relevant stakeholders and institutions.
  • Promote, protect, and defend the rights of indigent citizens.
  • Strengthen and support the Justice sector through the adoption of plans and policies at the Local, State and Federal levels.
  • Provide free legal representation for the indigent citizens as the need arises.
  • Promote the settlement of matters through the Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) mechanism.

Governing Council of the Office

In accordance with section 5 of the Law establishing the Office, The Governing Council of the office is as follows:

  1. Chairman
  2. Executive Secretary
  3. Two (2) Part-time members
  4. Representative of International Federation of Women Lawyers’ (FIDA)
  5. Representative of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ekiti State.

Function Of the Executive Secretary of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD)

Section 2 of the OPD Law, states the major functions of the Office as follows:
(a)  Provision of free legal services and advice in accordance with the law;
(b)  Receive complaint directly from individuals or referrals, from government offices, public institutions and private institutions;
(c)  Investigate complaint or referrals made to it;
(d)  Prepare necessary legal documents, negotiate settlement or give legal   advice necessary to fulfill the purpose of this law.
(e)  Endeavor to resolve matter brought before it by way of Alternative    Dispute Resolution.
(f)  Publicize its services by informing and sensitizing the public about its services.
(g)  The Office of the Public Defender refers complaints brought before it to other government agencies, non-governmental organizations of another body that shall assist it to perform its functions.
(h)  Organize symposium, conferences, educational activities, workshop and exchange programmes on legal aid and related matters in furtherance of its function.
Section 11 of the law empowers the Office of the Public Defender to attend to cases of both civil and criminal matters in Courts

There are four Departments in the Office and their functions are as follows:


The Executive Secretary is the Accounting Officer, having the following units;

  1. Internal Audit
  2. Planning, Research, Statistics
  3. Library and Public Relations
  4. ICT


  1. Oversee all personnel matters.
  2. Coverage of meetings.
  3. General correspondence (memo etc.)
  4. Oversee sanitation and security matters.
  5. Maintenance of government physical assets i.e. Vehicles, Building, Furniture and utility.
  6. General procurement and supervision of store and;
  7. Any other duties that may be assigned.


  1. Collation and rendition of returns.
  2. Maintenance and Control of Revenue Records.
  3. Attending to relevant financial matters.
  4. Serve as secretariat to Cash Allocation Committee Meeting.
  5. Preparation of Annual Appropriation Account.
  6. Control and maintenance of necessary records, Bank Accounts.
  7. Board of survey and enquiries.


  1. Defending indigent persons in civil cases in court.
  2. Mediate between contending parties.

The Department commenced operation in January 2016.  It has handled and concluded several matters both in court and through mediation in the following areas:

  1. Contract
  2. Child’s Rights, Custody and Maintenance
  3. Employment/Employee
  4. Land matters
  5. Landlord/Tenant
  6. Domestic violence
  7. Dissolution of marriage
  8. Debt recovery
  9. Recovery of possession (Properties, Monies).
  10. Compensations
  11. Family Matters/Marital Issues


The Department is saddled with the responsibility of defending indigent persons in criminal cases in court.  The Department has power to invite parties, for mediation, and also refer matters to other law enforcement agencies for prosecution where need be. The following are some of the areas covered by the department;

  1. Domestic Violence
  2. Sexual abuse
  3. Unlawful arrest/Detention
  4. Armed Robbery matters
  5. Burglary etc.

The Office carries out various advocacy programmes frequently through various media programmes, especially with Ekiti State Broadcasting Service. We also have frequent interface with the Commissioner of Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies within the State.

The Office often organize workshops and sensitizations on the Roles of Stakeholders in Curbing Domestic Violence, sexual abuse and general vices for Law Enforcement Agencies/Organizations having the same objectives with OPD.

The Office also roll out Sexual Abuse Awareness Programmes for secondary schools students to curb the menace across the State.

  1. Continuation of Sensitization on curbing Sexual Abuse Programmes in Secondary Schools across the State.
  2. Sensitization of primary school pupils on their rights in accordance with Child’s Rights Law.
  3. Interfacing with Market Women on the rights of children.
  4. Public Awareness on the need to explore the ADR Mechanisms, e.g., Mediation
  5. Strengthening and collaboration with Palaces’ Courts within the State
  6. Interfacing and synergizing with the various law enforcement agencies within the State.
  1. Fidelity
  2. Bravery
  3. Integrity
Names Designation Period
Barr. Modupe Akinbolawa Executive Secretary 11thAug, 2015 – Dec., 2018
Barr. Bolanle Wale-Awe Executive Secretary Dec., 2018 till date
Mr Stephen Adeyemo Dir. of Admins and Supplies 11th Oct, 2016 – 2019
Mr N. T. Adebayo Dir. of Admins and Supplies 4th Jan. 2019 – Mar. 2019
Mr Sunday Olaosebikan Dir. of Admins and Supplies 25th  Mar. 2019 – Feb. 2023
Mrs Christianah Anifowose Dir. of Finance & Account Aug. 2019 – 8th May, 2023
Mr Adebusuyi Rufus Dir. of Admins and Supplies 1st Feb. 2023 till date
Mr Tiamiyu Hassan S Dir. Of Finance and Account 8th May 2023 till date
Mrs Awoyomi R. T. Chief Internal Auditor Aug., 2023 till date
  • Inadequate administrative officers.
  • No required continuous educational training for the technical and professional staff (Counsel and Mediators)/ICT.
  • Vehicle/Mobility – Lack of functional vehicles for the execution of daily official errands.
  • No security guards
  • Hazard allowance.
  • Unavailability of mobility to visit locus in quo.

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