The Attorney-General (A-G) of Lagos State, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), has ordered the release of 253 persons arrested by police over their alleged roles in the unrest following the #EndSARS protests.
The A-G said in a statement that his office had determined that there was a nondisclosure of a prima-facie case against the 253 persons by the police.
The statement, signed by Mr Kayode Oyekanmi, Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, in Lagos on Sunday, said that 92 persons would, however, be prosecuted.
The A-G said that the police had, between Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, forwarded 40 case files to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in respect of the 361 persons arrested in respect of crimes that occurred in connection with the protests.
“Legal advice has been issued in respect of all the 40 case files received.
“As at Nov. 6, the Directorate has been able to despatch legal advice in respect of 81 persons that are being charged to the various courts. The others will be despatched to court on Monday, Nov. 9.
“Out of the 361 persons, the DPP shall be prosecuting 92 persons for different offences, ranging from arson, stealing, breaking into buildings, armed robbery and murder.
“The office has advised that 253 persons be released forthwith for non-disclosure of a prima-facie case.
“In the meantime, two case files in respect of 16 persons have been set aside for further investigation by the police,” Onigbanjo said in the statement.
The A-G assured members of the public that his office would ensure that those arrested by the police were treated in line with the due process of the law.
Onigbanjo also reiterated the commitment of his office to maintaining the rule of law and ensuring peace and order in Lagos State.