The Lagos state House of Assembly has passed an amended version of the Criminal Justice Law in the state which stops officers from parading crime suspects before the media.
The House passed the bill on Monday at a sitting chaired by Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, the Deputy Speaker of the house, on behalf of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.
Section 9 (a) of the newly-passed bill states: “As from the commencement of this law, the police shall refrain from parading any suspect before the media.”
The bill further stated conditions under which an officer can arrest a person without having a warrant, one of which is that the person must be suspected to have firearms or other dangerous weapons in his/her possession.
A sub-section of the bill also stops the police or any state security agency from detaining someone “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 arrangement for defence or release.
The bill also states that a suspect should be “accorded humane treatment with the right to dignity of person; not to 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.”
Eshilokun-Sanni, afterwards, directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the bill to the Governor of the state after the House carried out a voice-vote.