Lagos Assembly passes bill to ban suspects’ parade before media
The Lagos State House of Assembly, on Monday, passed an amended version of the Criminal Justice Law of the state barring the police from parading crime suspects before the media.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Eromosele Ebhomele, the bill was passed at a sitting presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, 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 that the conditions under which a policeman could arrest without a warrant was when a person was reasonably and unlawfully in possession of firearms or other weapons.
A subsection of the bill also barred the police or any other agency from arresting a person “in lieu of any other person in a criminal matter.”
According to the bill, a person who is arrested “shall be given reasonable facilities for obtaining legal advice, bail or making arrangements for defence or release.”
The bill stipulates that a suspect should be “accorded humane treatment, with the right to dignity of person; not 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.”
After a voice vote, Eshilokun-Sanni directed the acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the bill to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.
The council’s deputy chairman, Princess Peace Nwobilo, had accused the chairman, Clinton Ebere, of sexually harassing her.
She had in a three-page petition titled, ‘Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Office Conduct,’ addressed to the LGA stakeholders, alleged that on two occasions, the chairman had tried to sexually harassed her, adding escaped all his traps “by the grace of God.”
She said Ebere first harassed her “on the eve of the governorship primary in 2018,” adding that “the second attempt he made to rape me was after we were sworn in, precisely on January 14th, 2021, when he invited me over for a meeting at Trace Garden Hotel, Brass Street, Aba.”
The council chairman denied the allegations and set up a committee to investigate the allegations which the panel said was false.
But the governor in a statement his Chief of Staff, Prof. Anthony Agbazuere, reminded the chairman and Nwobilo that they were elected to provide democracy dividends to the people of Aba South and not to fan the embers of rancour and discord.
The governor cautioned both officials “in their own interest to refrain from such dissension and begin to work together for the good of the people except they are imploring the councillors to review their commitment to service.
A word should be enough for the wise,” the statement said.