I Never Instructed Magistrates to Refuse Protesters Bail, Says Lagos Chief Registrar




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(PRESS RELEASE)

The attention of the Lagos State Judiciary has been drawn to a news report in SaharaReporters that the Chief Registrar has ordered Magistrates in the state not to grant bail to persons  arraigned by police over Monday’s  protest in Lagos.
We wish to state that there is no iota of truth in the report as no such instruction was given by the Chief Registrar.
We also wish to state that Magistrate Komolafe of Ebute-Meta Magistrate Court  in whose court some of the protesters were arraigned actually granted the defendants bail.
However, in line with generally known and established procedure, admission to bail by the court requires affected individuals to subsequently fulfill the conditions of bail for the bail to take full effect. 

This is purely at the instance of the defendants after the court has done its part and in this particular case, the defendants are in the process of complying with the bail conditions.
We reiterate that there was no instruction from the Chief Registrar to refuse them bail and employ media organisations to always verify their report to avoid misleading the public.
Public Affairs Unit,
Lagos State Judiciary.
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