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Human Right Lawyer, Falana Urges CJ to Visit Police Stations, Detention Centers

The Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, said the Lagos State Chief Judge, CJ, Justice Opeyemi Oke, should visit Police Stations and detention camps in Lagos State regularly to see the conditions of detainees.

In a letter, signed by Falana to the CJ, he said this would make the Chief Judge or whoever she was delegating to ascertain how suspects were being treated in detentions as well as checking wrongful and illegal camping in the State.

Falana said the request was in line with the provision of Section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

Explaining further, he said the Section recommends: “The Chief Magistrate, or where there is no Chief Magistrate within the Police Division, any Magistrate designated by the Chief Judge for that purpose, shall at least every month, conduct an inspection of Police Stations or other places of detention with his territorial jurisdiction other than the prison.

“During a visit, the Magistrate may: a) call for, and inspect the record of arrests; b) direct the arraignment of a suspect; c) where bail has been refused, grant bail to any suspect where appropriate if the offence for which the suspect is held is within the jurisdiction of the Magistrate”.

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