Metro

To check rights abuse by police, CJN directs monthly inspection of prisons by judges

To check rights abuse by police, CJN directs monthly inspection of prisons by judges

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has directed all chief magistrates across the country to inspect police detention facilities in their areas on a monthly basis.

In a memo dated June 20, 2018, Onnoghen said complaints of “horrific incidents” of police brutality of innocent Nigerians have reached frightening proportions.

He said magistrate courts are currently overwhelmed with cases of inordinate arrests and detention of citizens.

“As we approach election year, it is imperative that we curb these excesses through the instrumentality of the statutory powers of the court,” the chief justice wrote in response to a letter by some lawyers.

Read also: Worries as youths abuse other substances after ban on Tramadol

He added that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) has given magistrates oversight functions over police stations in their jurisdictions.

Onnoghen directed the chief judges in each of the states to direct chief magistrates to at least every month, conduct an inspection of police stations or other places of detentions within their territorial jurisdiction other than prison.

“During the visit, magistrate may:

1. Call for, and inspect the record of arrest

2. Direct the arraignment of the suspect

3. Where bail has been refused, grant bail to any suspect where appropriate if the offense for which the suspect is held is within the jurisdiction of the magistrate.”

Recall that in a related development, Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), approved the independent audit of detention cells of the police’ Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) nationwide.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had requested access to cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria in order to “oversee human rights situation of detainees”.

 

RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears

Click here to join the Ripples Nigeria WhatsApp group for latest updates.

Ripples Nigeria

We are an online newspaper, very passionate about Nigerian politics, business and their leaders. We dig deeper, without borders and without fears.
www.ripplesnigeria.com

Join the conversation

Opinions

About the author

Ripples Nigeria

We are an online newspaper, very passionate about Nigerian politics, business and their leaders. We dig deeper, without borders and without fears.
www.ripplesnigeria.com

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!