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Published On: Thu, Aug 8th, 2019

Seek legal redress, Delta CJ urges victims of police brutality

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By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Victims of alleged police brutality, illegal arrest, detention and all forms of violation of fundamental rights have been advised to seek legal redress for the enforcement of their fundamental rights.
Delta State Attorney General, Commissioner for Justice, Barr Peter Mrakpor who made this known on Wednesday in Asaba while reacting to several allegations raised against the Nigerian Police by the Chairman of the State Committee for the Defence of Human Rights,( CDHR), Prince Kehinde Taiga when he paid a courtesy visit on him.
Prince Taiga who urged law enforcement agents to show more respect for the rights of the people, had accused some law enforcement agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police of illegal arrest and detention, brutality and complexity in the remand of suspects unjustly in prison custody
The human rights activist also accused some officials of the Ministry of Justice of acting as consultants to defendants or their cronies to fast track legal opinion, however pleaded with the Delta Attorney General and commissioner to accelerate the process of rendering of legal opinion when duplicate files of defendants are forwarded to the ministry from the Magistrate courts.
While appealing to the commissioner to address the issue of Prison congestion and poor detention facilities,Prince Kehinde Taiga also called for the setting up of magistrates to be visiting detention facilities in order to checkmate the excesses of law enforcement agents adding that it would be the only way out of the mess by the police.

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