Lagos AG sets up committee to review prosecution of criminal cases in magistrates court
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has set up a committee to review police prosecution of criminal cases in magistrate courts.
The step was to ensure that such prosecutions are in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
This was a sequel to the clamour by some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and stakeholders to stop police prosecution of criminal matters in magistrate courts.
The AG in a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mr. Kayode Oyekanmi, held that “there is no law barring police from prosecuting criminal cases in magistrate court.”
According to him, “the provision of the law in Lagos State as it stands does not bar the police from prosecuting matters in magistrate courts.
“However, the Ministry of Justice is always willing to investigate any issue that will improve the administration of justice in the state.”
The seven-member committee comprised Arthur Worrey as the Chairman. Other members include the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, T. K Shitta-Bey, member; Directorate of Public Prosecution, Y. G Oshoala, member; Norison Quakers (SAN), member; Bayo Akinlade, member; Rukayat Owolabi, member and Arinola Ayokanmbi, also a member of the committee.
The A.G also informed that the ministry is currently reviewing the state laws relating to the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) and assured members of the public that the committee’s report would be made known.
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