Nigeria: NJC Committee to Investigate Causes for Delays in Corruption Trial

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The Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee inaugurated by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen to investigate the causes for delays in the determination of corruption cases in the country has in its interim report to the National Judicial Council It identified the causes for the delays and made recommendations to speed up the trial of corruption cases.

The Director of Information at the NJC, Mr. Soji Oye said in a statement that the committee, led by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, Suleiman Galadima, submitted the interim report to the NJC at the council’s 86th meeting held in Abuja.

Oye said the committee met with relevant stakeholders and paid unscheduled visits to courts handling corruption and financial crime cases in some parts of the country.

Among others, it recommended training for the prosecution in the area of investigation and especially on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

It also advised the prosecuting agencies to recruit competent and qualified personnel, and suggested that there should be synergy between the various prosecution agencies to enhance proper prosecution of criminal cases.

The committee also recommended the use of professionals such as accountants, auditors to investigate high profile and complicated cases and advised that judges be provided with legal and research assistants to make their work easier.

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