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10 January 2020

Lagos Inaugurates advisory on Police prosecution in Magistrate Courts

Lagos State Government has inaugurated an advisory committee on Police Prosecutions in Magistrate Courts to review Laws enabling the Police to prosecute.

According to the government, the committee’s inauguration was in response to the clamor by Non-Governmental Organisations and Stakeholders to Bar Police Prosecutions of Criminal matters at the state’s Magistrate in accordance to the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Acts.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said government would announce its position on the matter after the recommendation of the committee, which would be made known to the public.

Onigbanjo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said part of the Committee’s terms of reference were to look into the Law in terms of Police being allowed to prosecute, Challenges of oversight functions of the Attorney-General, distinctions in the type of offenses police can prosecute among others.

The Seven member advisory committee included Fola Arthur-Worrey as Chairman, Norrison Quakers, as Member, Titilayo Shitta-Bey (Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice among others.

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