* LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, ON MONDAY, 16TH AUGUST, 2021, PASSED A NEW BILL STOPPING THE ARREST OF PERSONS RESIDING IN LAGOS STATE, WITHOUT AN ARREST WARRANT.
Here are five major things all Lagos residents and visitors should know about the new law:
- No more parading of suspect by police
Unlike the case of Chidinma Ojukwu and other suspects in the past, police will no more parade a suspect before the media as the amended version of the Criminal Justice Law of the state has put a stop to the act.
“As from the commencement of this law, the police shall refrain from parading any suspect before the media.” The law states.
- Arrest without warrant
The new law makes it mandatory for police to present an arrest warrant before arresting a suspect, and the only condition to do otherwise is when the person is reasonably suspected to unlawfully be in possession of firearms or other such dangerous instruments.
In any case where the suspect does not possess weapons or firearms unlawfully, the police must show a warrant of arrest.
3.No more arrest in lieu
This means that a family member or relations of a suspect can no longer be arrested and only the alleged suspect may be arrested.
The Nigerian Police are used to arresting every person they meet at an arrest location whether the suspect is there or not, this act is no more legal and the police in Lagos can now be sued for arrested friends or family members of a suspect.
- No more harassments or torture
The new law bars the police from harassing or torturing a suspect before or after arrest.
“A suspect should also be accorded humane treatment, with the right to dignity of person; not subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment; be brought before the court as prescribed by this law or any other written law; or be released conditionally or unconditionally.” The law states.
- Access to lawyer:
The new law stipulates that a suspect has the right to a lawyer and must not be held in custody beyond the lawful day.
“A person arrested shall be given reasonable facilities for obtaining legal advice, bail or making arrangements for defense or release.” States the new bill. Aso waligen