Violence Against Women: Lagos Sets Up Special Court To Try Offenders

The Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Olufunmilayo Oke, has declared the preparedness of the State Government to set up a special court to handle cases relating with violence against women,.

Justice Oke announced this when the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, paid her a courtesy visit  in her office on Wednesday.

Oke reiterated that the establishment of the special court was aimed at speeding up the prosecution of offenders, stressing that the wave of violence against women increase by the day and calls for immediate action.

Justice Oke commended Imohimi for a job well done in checking crime wave in the state, particularly, the Badoo cult group in Ikorodu.

The jurist assured the police boss of her support in the prosecution of criminals, stressing that the Lagos State Judiciary would also train some policemen in the area of prosecution of cases.

“The administration of justice is not only for the judiciary, it is meant for everybody,” she said.

The chief judge requested for police orderlies for some judges and more patrol around judges homes in the state.

Earlier, the police commissioner said his visit was to strengthen the relationship between the police and judiciary in the state.
He said that only good relationship between both organs would help in the administration of criminal justice in the state.

The Lagos police commissioner called for the establishment of a special court to handle murder, armed robbery and some other violent crimes in the state, with a view to speeding up dispensation of justice in such cases.

Imohimi, who expressed dissatisfaction over the granting of bail to many suspects at the magistrate’s courts, said that the command would no longer run to the courts with suspects until it obtained advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

Edgal also requested for training of some of police prosecutors, stressing that the capacity building would help the police to prosecute cases diligently.





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