* Says we will not accept that a Law Officer is intimidated or threatened in any way
Ekiti state government has established Law Officers Security Protection Service.
In a statement made available to TheNigerialawyer by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, of the state, Olawale Fapohunda, he stated that the Ministry of Justice will continue to work to ensure that threats to Law Officers are quickly assessed and appropriate measures are taken.
“We will not accept that a Law Officer is intimidated or threatened in any way in discharging his obligation to faithfully represent the State Government in any proceedings and before any court in Ekiti State.
“To that end, I have directed the establishment of a Law Officers Security Protection Service to be coordinated by a Law Officers Security unit within the office of the Solicitor- General & Permanent Secretary (SG/PS), Ministry of Justice.
The Law Officers Security Unit will be mandated to enhance the safe and secure conduct of judicial proceedings by protecting Law Officers both within and outside courthouses. This will be a comprehensive effort accomplished by anticipating and deterring threats to Law Officers,
— Attorney-General Ekiti (@AGWalefapohunda) January 2, 2019
He has further directed that the SG/ PS immediately undertake a review of similar initiatives if it exists within Nigeria and globally so that the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the state, can benefit from a compilation of best practices.
“We must take every step to ensure that our Law Officers, never face violent attack for carrying out their duties
“The Law Officers Security Unit will be mandated to enhance the safe and secure conduct of judicial proceedings by protecting Law Officers both within and outside courthouses.
“This will be a comprehensive effort accomplished by anticipating and deterring threats to Law Officers, and by continuously developing and employing innovative protective tactics,” Olawale Fapohunda added.
He noted that to achieve this in concrete terms the Nigeria Police, State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will be engaged on modalities for the implementation of this intervention.
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