Lagos issues 313 legal advice in 3 months


Lagos state government issued a total of 313 Legal Advice through the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution out of a total of 320
police duplicate files received in the last three months, a quarterly
report of Lagos Criminal Information System has revealed.


The LCIS, which serves as the databank of all prison inmates in the
state and administered through the office of the state Attorney
General and Commissioner for Justice, in the report of activities
between June and September 2018, also indicates that the five federal in the state were overstretched with about 5,000 inmates.


In a statement by Adeniji Kazeem (SAN), the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, “The Lagos state Ministry of Justice Directorate of Public Prosecution received a total of 320 police duplicate case files and advice has been issued for 313 representing 97 per cent, while seven out of the total number of cases received are pending representing three per cent.”

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A breakdown of the report shows that 56 miscellaneous cases (stealing related offences), 95 sexual related offences, 79 robbery cases, 48 fatal motor accident, and 35 homicide cases were received in the period under review.


The report further revealed that out of the 4,087 capacity of the five
federal prisons in the State, actual prison open out was 9,303, while
the total inmates enrolled on the LCIS system with complete records
including biometrics and photographs as at September 30, 2018 was


“In the period under review, reports indicate that the Federal Prison
facilities in Lagos State are overstretched, while the State
Government through the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy and the Judiciary are working with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to get list of inmates with minor offences for possible consideration,” the LCIS reports said.

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in the report, there are 48 inmates with minor offences who are
in the awaiting trial list for three years and above, as well as 72
juvenile inmates out of which 15 are in the age bracket of 0 to 14
years, and 57 in the age bracket of 15 to 17 years.


With respect to inmates charged for domestic and sexual offences, the report revealed that the top three offences in this category were
those of defilement representing 57 per cent, sodomy (22 per cent),
and rape (18 per cent).

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