The Lagos State House of Assembly has warned members of the public to desist from impeding or assaulting officials of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) or risk a jail term of up to 6 months or fine of N250,000.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, Mrs. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, presented a report to the house titled “A Bill for a Law to Amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency for the Regulation and Control of Neighbourhood Safety Corps Activities and for Connected Purposes.’’
She said: “A person, who willfully and unlawfully obstructs, restrains, prevents, harasses or injures a safety corps member or any authorised officer in the discharge of his duties under this law commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of six months’ imprisonment or to a fine of N250,000 only or both fine and imprisonment.
“A duly authorised safety corps member shall have power to enter, inspect and conduct search upon warrant issued by a Magistrate as may be incidental to the operation of this law.
“A safety corps member shall have power to arrest anyone who commits, about to commit or is suspected of criminal activities and shall hand over such person (s) to the Police,” the amendment bill read in part.”
The chairman said that sections of the Principal Law needed amendment in order to allow for a healthy and more efficient agency.
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