Ogun Judicial Panel Chairman Tasks Police on Compliance with Extant Laws
Chairman of Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation on police brutality, retired Justice Solomon Olugbemi has advised law enforcement officers to always comply with extant laws in the discharge of their duties.
The panel Chairman gave the advice at the Magistrate Court one, Isabo, Abeokuta while presiding over a petition of unlawful detention by the police.
He explained that both the Administrative Criminal Justice Acts of 2015 and the Administration of Criminal Justice and Other Allied Matters law of Ogun State of 2017 have provided that a defendant’s statement should be taken in the presence of his or her lawyer while there must be video recording of the process should there be no lawyer.
Retired Justice Olugbemi decried increasing reports of allegations of police officers obtaining statements from suspects under duress.
One Mr. Gbenga Kehinde had accused the police of unlawful arrest and detention for forty seven days alongside his three friends for allegedly stealing of fishes worth sixty three million naira at a fish farm in Imagbon area of Ijebu-Ode.