The legal advisory committee inaugurated by Lagos State Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo has presented the report of it’s review on police prosecution of criminal matters in Magistrate Courts.
It would be recalled that some non-governmental organizations called on the state government to challenge the right of the police in prosecuting criminal cases at Magistrate Courts. This led to the inauguration of the advisory committee in January.
Mr. Onigbanjo disclosed that the advisory committee was given a one month ultimatum to review the Police Prosecution power and provide recommendations accordingly.
The attorney-general commended the committee’s timely intervention and selfless service to actualize the set goals of the review.
He stated that the recommendations presented by the committee would aid the state government plan to a bring substantial change to the administration of justice in Lagos State.
The Attorney-General said the outcome of the committee’s review would be analyzed and announced to the general public at due time.
While presenting the report, chairman of the advisory committee, Fola Arthur-Worrey Esq applauded the Attorney-General’s support through the course of the review and selection of the committee members who aided the successful review.
Arthur-Worrey said the committee reviewed the competence of the non-lawyers in the prosecution of criminal cases in Magistrate courts. He noted that over 15,000 cases were pending due to unprofessional practices of some prosecutors.
He disclosed that stakeholders involved in prosecution matters were also engaged in the review to achieve a balance and accurate report.
The committee as part of its engagement with all spectrum of society in the State, about 3 weeks ago held a Public Stakeholders Meeting at Ikeja, where senior members of the Nigerian Bar Association,(NBA) which included Mr Femi Falana(SAN), Dr Muiz Banire(SAN) and others, made important contributions and recommendations to the committee.
Other Stakeholders at the meeting included representatives of the State Judiciary, Police, Legal Aid Association and local government branches of the NBA.
The Seven member Advisory
Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey – Chairman
Mr. Norrison Quakers, SAN – Member
Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey (Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice) – Member
Mr. Yhaqub Oshoala (Director, Public Prosecutions) – Member
DSP- Yetunde Cardoso, O/C Legal Dept, Criminal Investigation, Yaba, Lagos. – Member
Mr. Bayo Akinlade, NBA Ikorodu Chairman- Member
Mrs. Rukayat Owolabi – Member
Mrs. Arinola Momoh-Ayokanmbi – Secretary
Director, Public Affairs,
Mr. Kayode Oyekanmi