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Lagos may strike out 550 cases over judgement delay

By News Desk

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to discontinue 566 non-active cases filed by Nigeria Police that have been in courts between 2015 and below.

Decision to discontinue the cases was reached after the government reviewed recommendations of the Committee on Decongestion of Non Criminal cases at the State High courts and Magistrate courts.

The committee had recommended that where such prosecution at the Courts have become impracticable due to delay and its attendant factors or are appropriate for Plea Bargain or criminal diversion, it should be discontinued.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, having critically examined the committee’s first phase review and recommendation, has instructed the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to immediately file a notice of discontinuance in respect of 566 non-active cases, at the registry of the State High Court and Magistrate Court.

The attorney-General further directed the immediate commencement of the second phase of the exercise.

In the statement signed by Director, Public Affairs, Kayode Oyekanmi, recalled that the Committee on Decongestion of Non Criminal cases was inaugurated on February 21 to review the recommendation of the Fola Arthur-Worrey led Advisory Committee on Police Prosecutorial power in Magistrate Courts.

The Arthur-Worrey led Committee in their communique, recommended that the state government should review the role of Lay Police prosecutors in the criminal justice system of Lagos State.

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