The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has organized trainings for Judiciary Correspondents and Investigating Police Officers (IPO) on effective implementation of salient provisions in the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law of Lagos State, 2021.
The training programme put together in collaboration with the British Council under the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (RoLAC) is coming on the heels of the signing of the new ACJL into law by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In her opening remarks at the two-day event, Special Assistant to the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bola Akinsete, disclosed that the gathering was part of continuous efforts by the Ministry of Justice to build capacity on relevant laws in the state.
She said: “There’s a need to collaborate to achieve the objectives of the Law and also fashion out ways of using it to serve citizens effectively”. On her part, RoLAC’s representative, Bola Ijimakinwa, said the organization has been visiting Police Divisions for sensitization on the new Law.
She added that the efforts has been yielding the desired results. “We are happy with this latest collaboration with the Ministry of Justice as we have done in the past in the area of capacity building. We are going round Police Divisions to sensitize on the new Law and this has been fruitful”, Ijimakinwa said.
In one of the sessions at the workshop, Founder, Access to Justice, Mr. Joseph Otteh, spoke on the topic: “Overview of salient provisions related to the police and media in the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law 2021”.
In his lecture, Otteh told his audience that what the amendments sought to do was to consolidate on the existing laws saying it was not targeted at security operatives. He further noted that about 26 amendments were introduced into the new Law. Otteh said: “What the Lagos State has done is highly commendable because that is part of its responsibility.
The amendments were not targeted at security operatives but to incorporate and legislate the laws into another format.
“A number of the amendments in the ACJL were already incorporated in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015”. In another session, Dr. Richard Somiari, Director, Lagos DNA and Forensic Centre, also spoke on the topic: “Crime scene management and presentation of evidence”.
Mrs. Tolu Aderiye, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, also spoke on the topic: “Prosecution-led investigation, what prosecutors look out for”, in one of the sessions