Nigeria’s criminal justice lacks policy direction —Solicitor General

Declaring open a two-day work-shop on the national prosecution policy in Abuja yesterday, Alhaji Yola said that it was in order to address the identified militating factors that the Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee (FJSRCC) sought to develop a national prosecution policy.
He said the criminal justice system has been bedevilled with a lot of challenges particularly the absence of necessary policies and legislations that facilitate smooth, speedy and effective administration and guarantee free and fair trial of suspect.
Alhaji Yola said that a national policy was imperative for efficient crime prosecution in a complex federation like Nigeria.
He said that a policy will help to streamline good practices and methods of the various prosecutors and prosecuting agencies.
On whether the nation needed a policy rather than a law on effective prosecution, the solicitor general said that the beauty of having a policy as opposed to legislation lied in its flexibility.
He said that a policy has the capacity to be adjusted without the controversies associated with legislative amendments.

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