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.
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.
Lagos State Judiciary.