As a result of the incessant increase in criminal cases in Nigeria, prosecutors have been advised to maintain high ethical standard of justice, through proper investigation and observation of cases without unnecessary delay.
Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran gave the advice at a seminar organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), with the theme, ‘Tips to Effective Prosecution of Criminal Cases in Court’, held at the NSCDC Security College, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
According to Adeniran, a prosecutor must understand the requirements necessary to prove a case and exercise integrity to ensure human rights are protected, saying, “Unnecessary delay in justice must be avoided, as proceedings should be carried out as and when due”.
The guest speaker and Director, Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Olusegun Olaotan, explained that a prosecutor represents the State or Federal Government on legal issues in court, adding that he or she must prove an accused beyond reasonable doubt, no matter the gravity of the offence.
Mr. Olaotan noted that the primary function of the NSCDC under the law was to maintain law and order through proper investigation of crime in the society.
In his remark, the State Commander, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Ahmed Abodunrin said the seminar was organised to address the issue of awaiting trial cases in court, occurring as a result of absence of prosecutor, saying it would also boost NSCDC officers’ knowledge about the law, to avoid unnecessary delay of minor offences.