Lagos State To Set Up Special Court For Sexual Offenses

Lagos State To Set Up Special Court For Sexual Offenses

The Lagos state government has set up a special court for sexual offenses, to curtail the delays in the prosecution of suspects of sexual crimes. The Chief Justice of Lagos, Justice Olufunmilayo Opeyemi-Oke disclosed this on Wednesday when the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal paid her a visit.

The Chief Justice lamented the increase in sexual related crimes in Lagos, and wondered why some suspects of sexual crimes should be granted bail when the sentence of such crimes had increased to life imprisonment.

“I picked a copy of newspaper and read that a father and his brother have been  violating his daughter for long. ”The sentence for this type of offence has been increased to life imprisonment and no magistrate should grant such suspect bail. That is why we are setting up special sexual offences courts,” said Justice  Olufunmilayo Opeyemi-Oke.

The CP requested for special courts for cases such as murder and robberies to be established but she declined, saying that it was difficult to have special courts for every type of criminal cases.

She also stated that her office would organise trainings for Investigating Police Officers IPO  and police prosecutors in areas where there were lapses,  pointing out that the Police played an important role in the administration of justice.

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January 11th, 2018

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