Lagos Assembly passes bill stopping media parade of suspects

The bill stipulates that a suspect should be accorded humane treatment.

Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa [TheCable]

The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday passed an amended version of the Criminal Justice Law of the state barring the police from parading suspects before the media.

The bill was passed through voice votes conducted by the Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, who presided over the plenary session on Monday.

Eshilokun-Sanni said Section 9(A) of the newly passed bill states that, "As from the commencement of this law, the police shall refrain from parading any suspect before the media.

"The bill further stipulates conditions under which a policeman can arrest without 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," he said.

The deputy speaker noted that the bill stipulated that a suspect should be accorded humane treatment, with the right to dignity of person.

He said that no suspect should be 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.

After a voice vote, the Deputy Speaker directed the acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his assent.

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