The Lagos State Government, in an attempt to decentralise the fight against corruption in the country, recently established an anti-corruption agency tasked with the responsibility to investigate any alleged corrupt practices or financial crimes emanating from administrative actions taken by any Lagos State Government’s ministry, department, agency, parastatal, local governments, statutory corporations, public institutions, companies owned by the State Government, and any officer of the above-mentioned bodies, agencies or ministries.

The anti-corruption agency is also empowered to investigate any offence under the criminal laws of the State – especially as it concerns corruption and financial crimes, abuse of office, obtaining property by false pretence, receiving stolen properties or fraudulently obtaining properties and similar offence, fraudulently dealing with properties by debtors; and offences relating to the administration of justice.

In April 2021, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signed into law the ‘Lagos State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law, 2021’ (the “Law”).

This newsletter examines the legality of the Law, its key provisions as well as its effectiveness from an anti-Corruption and compliance standpoint.