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NEWS UPDATE: Sanwo-Olu signs Lagos Criminal Justice amendment law to protect suspects, victims

NEWS UPDATE: Sanwo-Olu signs Lagos Criminal Justice amendment law to protect suspects, victims

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assented to the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law (ACJL) of Lagos Province, 2021.

Moyosore Onigbanjo, Attorney Full general and Commissioner for Justice confirmed the signing in a statement on Tuesday.

The ACJL was firstly passed in 2007 and amended in 2011 to ensure the fundamental rights of suspects and persons that come up in contact with the justice system are protected.

Onigbanjo said in the Lagos authorities’s tender to farther strengthen the justice system, promote the rights of victims, suspects, and address the issue of delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice, innovative provisions were added to the amended law.

The provisions include conducting criminal proceedings through sound and video conferencing platforms, powers of Primary Justice of the Peace to see Police force Stations, prohibition of media parade of suspects, compensation to victims of criminal offense.

Other are protective measures for victims and witnesses, the Establishment of a Criminal offence Information Register and the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Commission to monitor the implementation of the ACJL.

Onigbanjo famous that the governor’s assent will promote law and tell, protection of citizens’ rights, decongestion of correctional facilities and a crime-free Lagos.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) assured that the Ministry building of Justice, through a collaborative travail with stakeholders in the Administration of Criminal Justice, will ensure the enforcement of the provisions of the law.





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