In a bid to further strengthen the justice system in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assented to the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law [ACJL] of Lagos State, 2021.
The ACJL was first passed in Lagos State in 2007 and amended in 2011 (more than ten (10) years ago) to ensure the Fundamental Rights of suspects and persons that come into contact with the justice system, as enshrined in the Constitution are protected.
The amended law will promote the rights of victims and suspects as well as address the issue of delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice in the State.
According to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, key innovative provisions have been introduced as amendments to the Law.
Mr. Onigbanjo stated that the provisions include conducting criminal proceedings through audio and video conferencing platforms, powers of Chief Magistrate to visit Police Stations, prohibition of media parade of suspects, and compensation to victims of crime.
Similarly, protective measures for victims and witnesses as well as the Establishment of a Crime Data Register and the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee to monitor the implementation of this Law.
The Attorney General revealed that the Ministry would collaborate with stakeholders in the Administration of Criminal Justice, to ensure the provisions of the law are enforced.
He emphasized that the amended law reinforces the commitment of Governor Sanwo-Olu to the promotion of Law & Order, Protection of rights of Citizens, decongestion of our Correctional Facilities and ensure a crime-free society in Lagos State.
Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; Editing by Tina Oyinsan