‘Nigerian Police& Judges Are Making A Mess Of The Nigeria Judiciary,’ Says Vice President Osinbajo

‘Nigerian Police& Judges Are Making A Mess Of The Nigeria Judiciary,’ Says Vice President Osinbajo

‘Nigerian Police& Judges Are Making A Mess Of The Nigeria Judiciary,’ Says  Vice President Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, accused the Nigerian Police Force and judges for keeping suspects in prison custody longer than is legally permissible without trial. The Vice President made the accusation during the opening ceremony of the two-day Stakeholders’ Summit organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, where he was represented by Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

At the summit, holding at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels in Lagos, the Vice President said suspects are kept in prison custody for as long as three years without being charged to court. The situation, he explained, has left over 47,000 suspects still awaiting trial in prisons across the country.

“As at 2017, we have 47,229 “unsentenced” detainees awaiting trial out of a total prison population of 67,586. It may interest you to know that Lagos State has the highest number of unsentenced detainees in Nigeria, according to a recent statistic released by the National Bureau of Statistics and Nigerian Prison Service released in 2015,” said the Vice President.

“If we can agree that these problems are against our collective interests as practitioners and stakeholders, then we must make a firm commitment to tackle the problems by changing our attitude and standing up for what is right,” he said.

The Vice President, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, also accused some judges of sitting for less than three and half hours.

 “They will not sit on time and before 3:30pm; they would rise. Such behavior from judges must stop” he said.

Mr. Osinbajo commended Lagos State for the progress made by its judicial system, saying the summit represents an indication of commitment towards building a world class judiciary.

 

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