FROM AUGUST – OCTOBER 2017
The Ministry of Justice is committed to enhancing administration of Justice in Lagos State in line with the policy thrust of the Ambode administration. In the period under review, the under listed activities were carried out.
- . Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre was commissioned by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on the 27th September 2017. The world class state owned Laboratory, the first of its kind in West Africa and Nigeria was established to provide Forensic Biology and DNA identification services which would help various sectors to resolve criminal, paternity issues and related matters by applying modern technology. This is a significant milestone in the policy reform of the administration in the Justice sector.
- Justice Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke was sworn into office as Acting Chief Judge of the State by the Governor of Lagos State on 25th September.
3.The Plea Bargain Protocol/Manual was formally presented to the public at a ceremony by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem on 21st The manual as an enlightenment tool gives a detailed brief of the protocol, workings and benefits of Plea Bargain as a valid alternative in prosecution.
4. The 2017 NBA Conference which was hosted in Lagos State and supported by the State Government was adjudged the single largest gathering of Lawyers in Nigeria. The conference provided opportunity to show case developmental achievement of the State at the event tagged Lagos State Day which was well attended by conference participants.
5. Court arraignment of the kidnap kingpin suspect ‘Evans’ and 42 suspects involved in homosexual activity are some of the matters the Directorate of Public Prosecution worked on.
6. The Ministry successfully organised a One Day Legal Clinic and Sensitization programme at the Agege Local government area on 28th The joint legal clinic organised by our service oriented directorates and agencies(OPD, CMC, DSVRT, DCR, AG&PT, PAC & CSU) provided a platform for free legal consultation for residents.
7. Office of The Public Defender (OPD) in the month of August handled 1,084 matters, received 1,013 telephone calls from residents and received N368,000 as compensation on behalf of clients. 293 cases of domestic violence and 449 criminal cases were also resolved.
8. Citizen’s Mediation Centre (CMC) successfully resolved 7,242 matters from a total of 11,496 cases received. The Centre also organised a Stakeholders’ conference and a book launch to commemorate the 2017 International Day of Peace on 27th September and a WALK FOR PEACE/ LEGAL CLINIC on 18th& 19th
9. The Legislative Drafting Directorate was actively involved in the drafting of 7 Bills, administered Oaths of Secrecy on 595 Public Servants in the State and currently handling 89 cases bordering on Chieftaincy matters.
10. Public Advisory Centre (PAC) successfully intervened in all matters brought to the centre. In addition the centre organised Public Sensitisation and Awareness Programme to Abule Egba, Agege and Ikeja areas of the State.
11. Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) held a Commendation/ Book Launch and Launch of DSVRT Trust Fund on 28th Sensitisation and Awareness rally were also organised to Epe, Badagry, Aswani, Mushin and Katangwa areas of the state, while 10 restraining orders against domestic violence perpetrators.
12. The Community Service Unit completed 510 cases in 3 months and in continuation of its public awareness and sensitization programme visited Ikoyi, Badagry and Kirikiri prisons, community leaders and all major media stations.