Poor prosecution: Lawyers back CJN against Police

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Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma MukhtarSenior lawyers have backed the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Aloma-Mukhtar, over her allegation that the police arraign suspects in court before looking for evidence to prosecute them.
Justice Mukhtar had made the observation in Abuja at a special court session to mark the beginning of the 2013/2014 Legal Year, where she also swore in 17 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
She identified the practice as one of the reasons for undue delay in the criminal justice administration system in the country.
“The persistent use of the ‘holding charge’ by these agencies to detain awaiting trial suspects, is a major contributor to the high number of cases pending in our courts,” she said.
In separate interviews with our correspondent, Mallam Yusuf Alli (SAN) as well as human rights activists, Festus Keyamo and Bamidele Aturu, all criticised the law enforcement agencies in Nigeria, saying they lacked adequate training and equipment to perform well.
Alli said the problem was not new in Nigeria as it had always been in the system.
He said, “The CJN is only calling our attention to it. Ordinarily, you don’t arraign a person unless you have a strong evidence against him. That …

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