The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Honourable Justice Kazzem O. Alogba has issued a directive barring Magistrates in the state from issuing arrest and search warrants to security operatives without approval from his office.

This directive was contained in a recent notice made available to all Magistrates in the State and signed by the Deputy Chief Registrar (Special Duties), Ikeja, Mrs. F.A. Azeez on behalf of the Chief Judge.

In the circular headed, “RE: APPLICATION FOR THE ENDORSEMENT AND ISSUANCE OF ARREST AND SEARCH WARRANT”, the Chief Judge instructed thus:

“Your Honours are therefore enjoined to direct Police Officers who desire to obtain Warrant of Arrest or Search Warrant to first apply to the Chief Registrar for necessary approval. “

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