LASG sets up special sexual offences court

By Evelyn Usman

lagos—A Special Court for sexual offenses has been set up in Lagos, with a view  to avoiding delays in the  prosecution of suspects of sexual crimes.

This was disclosed yesterday, by the Chief Justice of Lagos, Justice  Olufunmilayo Opeyemi-Oke, during a courtesy visit on her by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal.

Judicial symbol for justice

Lamenting the increase in sexual related crimes in Lagos, the CJ wondered why some suspects of sexual crimes should be granted bail when the sentence of such crimes had increased to life imprisonment.

She said: “You (CP) are going to get a letter from us today (yesterday)on this administration ‘s  decision  to set up special sexual court because the issue of rape has escalated in Lagos. 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.”

But she  declined request by the CP to establish special courts for cases such as murder and robberies , saying that it was difficult to have special courts for every type of criminal  cases.

Commending the CP for a job well done at keeping Lagos safe, particularly for  his efforts at smashing  the Badoo cult group, the CJ stated that the dexterity with which Edgal carried on with his profession, could not have been less, considering the ‘workaholic’ governor in the state.

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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