Lagos to enact law to protect crime victims in trauma


The Lagos State government says it will soon enact a Victims Right Law that will enable victims of crimes receive urgent medical attention in the state.

Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, revealed this on Wednesday while given account of his stewardship to commemorate the first anniversary of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

According to Onigbanjo, with the law hospitals in Lagos will render immediate first aid to victims of trauma such as accidents, stab wounds, gunshot injuries and other medical emergencies.

Onigbanjo said the Victims Right Law would form part of the proposed legislative reforms of the state government.

“The Victims’ Rights Law is to address situations where victims of crime or emergencies are not given initial medical treatment.

“This is highlighted in the case of late Miss Moradeun Balogun, a 28-year-old lady, who was stabbed by armed robbers in Gbagada area of Lagos and was denied emergency treatment in the hospital.

“Other proposed laws are the Domestic and Sexual Violence law that will lead to the creation of an Agency; Amendment to Cultism Law, Amendment to Administration of Criminal Justice Law to address innovations and developments in Criminal Justice System.

“Others are the Administration of Civil Justice Law to develop and articulate a Civil Justice System and Animal Law to address the issue of domestication of wild animals in the state,” Onigbanjo said.

The commissioner said in the last 12 months, 2,249 offenders were sentenced to community service for various offences.

He noted that the sentences were served at various public institutions, including hospitals, remand homes and markets.

“The Community Service Unit participated in a legal clinic to sensitise magistrates and community stakeholders on non-custodial sentencing.

“The unit also supervised the COVID-19 lockdown violators and offenders, including Nollywood celebrities, sentenced to community service recently,” Onigbanjo said.