Access to Justice trains law enforcement agencies

To strengthen the integrity and transparency of the interrogation process, human rights advocacy group, Access to Justice has trained senior police officer on effective implementation of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) Law, 2011.

The training was to introduced specific reform provisions targeted at safeguarding crime suspects from abuse, oppression and exploitation by investigating police officers.

The Project Officer of the group, Mrs Chinelo Chinweze disclosed this at one-day seminar organized in collaboration with Lagos State Ministry of Justice to equip law enforcement officers with necessary resources needed to ensure the effective implementation of ACJ law.

Highlighting the key reform of the law, Chinweze said Section three imposes a duty on an arresting officer to inform a person arrested of the cause of his arrest at the time of his or her arrest.

According to her, this section gives a crime suspect the right to be adequately informed of the charge(s) against him as well as the choice whether to answer question during interrogation or to write any statement until after consultation with his lawyer or right to avail himself of free legal representation from the Office of Public Defender (OPD), Legal Aid Council or any such agency.

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