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University Don cristizes police arrest, prosecution systems.

A university Don, Professor Abdulmumini Bala Ahmed has criticized the system how the Nigeria Police arrest and prosecute suspects.

The Professor said it is mandatory for the police prosecuting officers to always produce Police Central criminal Registry (PCCR) to Judges and Lawyers before the courts as evidence.

Professor A B Ahmed stated this while delivering a paper on 'state Legislative Advocacy and Sensitization workshop on the domestication and implementation of administration of criminal justice Act, 2015 in Jigawa state'. yesterday in Dutse, the state capital.

In his paper tagged 'Overview of the Administration of Justice Act, 2015 in the Administration of Justice in Nigeria', he blamed Nigeria police on how they always handle the arrests and prosecutions in general.

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'S.6 has clearly provides for the notification of cause of arrest and rights of the suspect and that the authority having custody of the suspect shall have the responsibility of notifying the next of kin or relative of the suspect of the arrest at no cost to the suspect', he explained.

Adding that the complication in the judiciary in Nigeria presently is that, over 90 percent of the arrested are not being investigated well thereby making it difficult for judges and lawyers to handle.

however, he pointed out that 'S.7 clearly prohibit arrest in lieu. This will likely reduce congestion in Police cells, prisons and other detention facilities'.

He, therefore, stressed, 'the provisions will also affect other agencies vested with the power of arrest, like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency on Food Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC)'.

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Publication:Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)
Date:Feb 5, 2018
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