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

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Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assented to the Administration of Felony Justice (Modification) Legislation (ACJL) of Lagos State, 2021.

Moyosore Onigbanjo, Lawyer Common and Commissioner for Justice confirmed the signing in an announcement on Tuesday.

The ACJL was first handed in 2007 and amended in 2011 to make sure the basic rights of suspects and individuals that are available contact with the justice system are protected.

Onigbanjo stated within the Lagos authorities’s bid to additional strengthen the justice system, promote the rights of victims, suspects, and tackle the difficulty of delay within the Administration of Felony Justice, progressive provisions have been added to the amended legislation.

The provisions embrace conducting felony proceedings via audio and video conferencing platforms, powers of Chief Justice of the Peace to go to Police Stations, prohibition of media parade of suspects, compensation to victims of crime.

Different are protecting measures for victims and witnesses, the Institution of a Crime Knowledge Register and the Felony Justice Sector Reform Committee to watch the implementation of the ACJL.

Onigbanjo famous that the governor’s assent will promote legislation and order, safety of residents’ rights, decongestion of correctional services and a crime-free Lagos.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) assured that the Ministry of Justice, via a collaborative effort with stakeholders within the Administration of Felony Justice, will make sure the enforcement of the provisions of the legislation.

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