Detention Facilities should be visited – Femi Falana to Judges & Magistrates.

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has called on judges and chief magistrates to obey the law by visiting detention facilities regularly with a view to decongesting them.

Falana, who is the interim Chairman, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, said this in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘Special Appeal to Judges and Chief Magistrates to Conduct Monthly Inspection of All Police Stations and Other Detention Facilities in Nigeria’. He noted that Section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 requires chief judges of the Federal High Court, Federal Capital Territory High Court and state High Courts to designate judges and chief magistrates to conduct monthly visitation and inspection of all police stations and other detention facilities in all the states of the federation and the FCT. The senior advocate said in spite of the directive of the National Judicial Council, the provision of the law was not complied with by many judicial authorities hence, the incessant arrest, detention, and torture of citizens by the police and other security agencies.

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