By Bartholomew Madukwe
IN line with easing justice delivery in Lagos State, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, yesterday handed over the new criminal suspect forms to the Lagos State Police Command and charged officers to adequately use the forms and record information needed when processing suspects through the Charge Room.
Kazeem said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is committed to ensuring the preservation of law and order and provision of effective criminal justice administration in Lagos State, ease justice delivery and help in record keeping and intelligence gathering of criminals in the state. The forms, according to the commissioner, will be used to gather personal details of suspects, their physical attributes, information about their next of kins and previous convictions.
With the introduction of the new forms, information about the suspects will assist in the profiling and building of important intelligence that could assist in tracing defendants and providing accurate Bio-data to the courts during the prosecution of criminal cases in the state. Kazeem promised the police command, that the state government will continue to partner with the police for effective and efficient justice delivery in the state.
The AG noted that the importance of the forms cannot be over emphasized, more so because the information of the suspects and defendants shall progressively be transposed to an electronic data base which can assist in providing information on previous offending pattern of a suspect. This data base will hold information about previous convictions, nature and types of offences committed by convicted persons in the state.
The forms will also assist the DNA data base to be built on the completion of the Lagos State DNA Laboratory which can be interfaced with these collection of data and samples of DNA from suspects and convicted persons which will be warehoused in the Criminal Data Base that will be rolled out to the public soon. Kazeem promised that the state government would provide more copies after the initial 750,000 copies would have been exhausted.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Fatai Owoseni who was represented by DCP Bolaji Salami, thanked the Lagos State Governor for his commitment to making the job of Policing in the state to be more effective and efficient. Kazeem promised the police command, that the state government will continue to partner with the police for effective and efficient justice delivery in the state.