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Lagos Assembly Passes Bill Stopping Police From Parading Suspects

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The Lagos House of Assembly has passed an amended version of the criminal justice law of the state which will make it an offence for the police to parade suspects before the media.

The Lagos House of Assembly has passed an amended version of the criminal justice law of the state which will make it an offence for the police to parade suspects before the media.

The bill was passed at a sitting presided over by the deputy speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, on behalf of the speaker.

Section 9(A) of the newly passed bill which is to be sent to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu states that as from the commencement of the law, the police shall refrain from parading any suspect before the media.

The bill further stipulates conditions under which a policeman can arrest without a warrant, one of which is that a person must be reasonably suspected to unlawfully be in possession of firearms or other such dangerous instruments.

A subsection of the bill also barred the police or any other agency from arresting a person “in lieu of any other person in a criminal matter.”

The bill adds that a person who is arrested shall be given reasonable facilities for obtaining legal advice, bail or making arrangements for defence or release.

The bill stipulates that a suspect should be accorded humane treatment, with the right to dignity of person; not be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment before being brought before the court as prescribed by the law or any other written law; or be released conditionally or unconditionally.

 


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