Justice Coker Chairs Lagos Criminal Laws Review Panel

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Justice Adenike Coker has been appointed as the Chairman of a committee set up to review amendments to the Lagos State Criminal Laws of 2011.

At the inauguration of the panel on Tuesday, the state government said the 14-member team is expected to conduct a thorough review of the criminal laws, take necessary memoranda from relevant stakeholders and submit its recommendations within six weeks from the time of its inauguration.

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who conducted the event through a virtual platform, explained that this move was taken at the recently held meeting of the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee.

At the said meeting, it was agreed that a team should be constituted to review the state criminal laws and bring it to conformity with modern crime patterns.

While recognising the support of the British Council under the Rolac programme, with particular support for law review processes, Mr Onigbanjo charged members of the committee, who were carefully selected, to devote their time, the wealth of knowledge and professional experience towards improving the criminal justice system in Lagos State.

In her remarks, Justice Coker assured the state government of a good job by bringing their expertise to bear in achieving their mandate.

Another member, Mr Ebun Adegboruwa (SAN), expressed the gratitude of the committee to the state government for the opportunity to serve and pledged their readiness to do a good job.

The virtual inauguration ceremony had in attendance the State Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, and all inaugurated members of the committee.

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