The Lagos state government has formally unveiled a renovated library at Lagos State Criminal and Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN while making his opening remarks said;
“The commissioning of the library is a demonstration of the commitment of the State Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Police to the Rule of Law in Lagos State”.
He also said that, the library would serve to better educate Police Prosecutors on Legal issues in order to enable them attend more efficiently to legal matters in court and to further deepen their legal knowledge.
The Attorney General, who represented the Lagos State Governor at the event, said the request for the newly renovated library was made by the State Commissioner of Police at a meeting held with the Governor and in turn, the Governor gave a directive to the Ministry of Justice to facilitate the refurbishment, renovation and equipping of the library.
Onigbanjo who commissioned the library on behalf of the Governor, added that the library has been equipped with Computers, Photocopiers, Printers, Electronic research tools of the Law Pavilion and relevant books on the Laws of Lagos State. Adding that more books would be supplied to the library every year.
Onigbnjo therefore urged Police Prosecutors who are partners in justice delivery to make the benefits of the new library reflect in their oral arguments of Cases and presentations before the court. He also requested s better cooperation between Police Prosecutors and the team of District Prosecutors who have been placed in all State Magistrate Courts with the task of vetting charges before they are filed.
The Commissioner of Police, CP. Hakeem Odumosu while appreciating the laudable project well executed by the State Government, reiterated that the Police are Law enforcement Officers who have good understanding of Laws of the State but with the provision of the new library, the Police would keep themselves abreast of Legal information to be use in carrying out their duties more efficiently both in Court and outside of the Court.
The Director of Public Prosecution, State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemi in her remarks during the commissioning said, if the library is well used by the Police Lawyers, it would ease the work done by her office, by the quality of files brought to her table.
She enjoined Police Prosecutors to make adequate use of the library, adding that her Directorate is always prepared to organize trainings for Police Investigators and Prosecutors.