Some Abuja-based legal practitioners say all stakeholders such as anti-graft agencies, the prosecutors, private lawyers, and prison officials should be blamed in the delay of corruption and criminal cases.
They revealed in separate interviews that lack of thorough investigations by the anti-graft agencies and police was a major factor.
Messrs Jegede Oarhe and Tajudeen Adegbite,both legal practitioners, blamed the delay on all major stakeholers.
Adegbite disclosed that there were instances where the prosecutors were not ready with their evidence or witnesses on the day of hearing.
He said that the shortage of judges and overloading of cases on one judge could also cause delay, adding that lawyers were not left out as they make applications upon applications to delay trials.
Another lawyer, Mr Kasse Saidu, specifically accused Senior Advocates of Nigeria of delaying high profile cases when they knew that it would not favour their clients.
In his contribution, Mr Afam Osigwe, advised anti-graft agencies to complete investigation of cases before making arrest, noting that arresting based on mere suspicion was in bad taste.
“It is wrong for persons to be invited based on mere suspicion without the investigative agencies doing a thorough job to establish probable cause.
Osigwe said that besides the EFCC, the police was also guilty of arresting based on mere complaint without substantive evidence.
“This is the kind of thing you also see in our various police stations; people detained on mere complaint; people are invited, arrested and clamped into detention. There should be a change of attitude on the part of the investigative agencies,” he said.
Osigwe recommended adequate training for investigators, adding that the agencies must set down guiding principles by which their operatives must adhere.
Mrs Maureen Ajogo corroborated Osigwe, saying a thorough investigation of cases before arrest would make the entire judicial process less cumbersome.
Ajogo said often times, delay …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper