Magazine article New African

Lagos State's Legal Framework

Magazine article New African

Lagos State's Legal Framework

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Lagos State has been adjudged one of the most peaceful and secure states in West Africa. One reason for this development is the emphasis of the state government on law and order issues. This is premised on the fact that the success of any society depends, largely, on how effectively the government is able to maintain law and order.

The state government has embarked on a review and reform of legal processes to ensure that legislation meets the contemporary challenges of an emerging megacity. It also ensures that law enforcement agencies are able to prohibit conduct that threatens social order.

Some of the recent activities of the Lagos State administration in the area of law, security and open access of the administration to citizens and investors are:

REFORM OF CRIMINAL LAW

In 2011, the governor assented to Criminal Law No. 11 of 2011 and repealed the old Criminal Code Law, bringing the law in line with the demands of a modern day Nigeria.

The passage of the Criminal Law in 2011 means Lagos State has become the only state in the Nigerian Federation to introduce comprehensive and up-to-date legislation that can effectively combat criminal challenges.

New Criminal Laws make provisions for relatively new offences that have arisen with recent developments such as computer and electronic data misuse offences; specially aggravated offences; fraudulent dealings in land; and offences relating to terrorism.

REFORM OF CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES

In 2012, the High Court of Lagos State amended the law to empower the Chief Judge to make rules regulating the practice and procedure of the High Court. …

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