Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has, in a letter, written to the Attorney General of the Federation(AGF), Abubakar Malami, demanded the release of a certified true copy of Electronic records of arrests made by Law enforcement agencies in the country.
In his letter to the AGF, Falana pointed out that the AGF was required to supply the information within seven days as laid out by the FoI act.
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The letter read in part; “As you are no doubt aware, Section 29 (1) of the of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 has mandated the Inspector-General of Police and heads of all agencies authorised by law to remit quarterly to the Attorney General of the Federation a record of all arrests made with or without warrant in relation to federal offences within Nigeria.
We have noted that the office of the AGF is required by Section 29 (5) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 to establish an electronic and manual database of all records of arrests made by all enforcement agencies at the federal and state levels in the country.
In exercise of my right to freedom of information, guaranteed by Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby apply for an electronic copy of the records of arrests made and judgments delivered by all courts in Nigeria from May 2015 to December 2017.
Take notice that you are mandatorily required to supply the requested information within seven days of the receipt of this letter by virtue of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.”