Lagos Police move to fast track criminal justice system, appoint liaison officer

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos/

DETERMINED to ensuring prompt dispensation of justice, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command CP Hakeem Odumosu has appointed the Officer in Charge O/C Legal Services of the Command SP Yetunde Cardoso to constantly liaise with the relevant judicial offices to that effect. This was made known Thursday, September 10, 2020, when the state Police boss received a delegation of  the Nigeria Legal Aide Council, South-west zone in his office. The delegation led by Mrs. Lateefat Salawu said the visit was based on the need to foster common relationship with the Police with a view to ensuring speedy trials of cases that had been investigated; promising that the Council had emplaced modalities that will constantly liaise with the Police to strengthen the criminal Justice System CJS in the state. A statement signed by the Command’s PRO SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi and made available to CrimeWorld noted that a highly elated Odumosu assured the visiting lawyers of Police cooperation at all times; adding, “To this end, CP  Hekeem Odumosu has appointed a Judicial Liaison Officer JLO in the person of SP Cardoso Yetunde, the O/C Legal for the Command to work with the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria and other relevant Non-Governmental Organizations and agencies and Civil Liberty Organizations CLOs to promote smooth and prompt dispensation of justice in Lagos State. The CP made the declaration on Thursday while receiving a delegation from the Legal Aid Council, South West Zone led by Mrs. Lateefat  Salawu in his Ikeja office. SP Cardoso would be liaising with the Council and agencies and the Police to make sure the Human Right Desk of the Command is active and always expedite actions on cases and matters related to administration of justice in the state. CP Odumosu therefore, assured the Council of his commitment to support its efforts on the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme PDSS which provide enabling atmosphere for easy access to Police facilities and suspects by designated members of the Council.”
continuing, SP Adejobi said, “In her response, the Zonal Director of the Legal Aid Council, South West, Mrs. Lateefat Salawu who was accompanied by the representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association,  Lagos State Chapter, Barrister Okey Ilofulunwa, European Union, etc, commended the Police boss for his proactive and spontaneous response  to issues and protection of lives and property. Mrs. Lateefat also promised that the Council will work in partnership with the Police to ensure prompt dispensation of justice to strengthen the Criminal Justice System in the state”.

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