A Lagos House bill has barred the Police from detaining suspects before the media after it was amended by the Lagos House of Assembly.
According to Section 9(A) of the law, which passed by voice vote during a hearing presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, the police are forbidden from speaking to the media before arresting anyone.
Under the law, which also stipulates conditions for police to arrest without a warrant, a person must be reasonably suspected of unlawfully possessing firearms or other dangerous instruments.
Furthermore, the passed bill prohibited the Police or any other agency from arresting a person “in lieu of any other person in a criminal matter”, and it added that a person who was arrested would be given reasonable opportunities to obtain legal advice, bail or to make arrangements for defense or release.
The law stipulates that suspects should be accorded humane treatment, including dignity; subject to no torture, cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment; or bring before a court as prescribed by this law or any other written law; or be released conditionally or unconditionally.
As the Deputy Speaker on behalf of the Speaker of the House, Rt. Honorable. Mudashiru Obasa instructed the acting Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to convey the bill to the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his assent.