Niger State, Nigeria Police to fast track public prosecution

Shu'aibu Sambo, Minna

The Niger State government and the Nigerian Police Force have agreed to collaborate in fast-tracking public prosecution in the state.

This was a result of visit to the State Commissioner of Police,  Zubairu Muazu by the Niger State Ministry of Justice lead by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Barister Nasara Dan Mallam.

Barr. Dan Mallam said the State and the Nigerian police would continue to renew their efforts as major stakeholders to see that public prosecution process turns a new leaf in the administration of justice in the state.

The Attorney General said the visit was to commend the efforts of the Nigerian police in the process of public prosecution and to strengthen relationship to identify some relevant challenges that need to be refurbished so as to enhance prosecutions in the state.

He said one of the strategies adopted was the creation of high power prosecution team involving some directors of the ministry and top private legal practitioners headed by the Attorney General himself to serve as an advisory body on how to prosecute high level crimes such as kidnapping, cattle rustling, rape, robbery and homicides among others.

“We want to draw the attention and appeal to the police commissioner to make your officers to be more diligent in investigation, which is to enhance quality investigation to ease and support convictions.

To improve the response time from the police, early transmission of case file and involvement of the justice ministry as early as possible when necessary, that is to say frequent interaction between the office of the Director Public Prosecution and OC Legal, in order to cut down bureaucracies, cut time delay,” he added.

The Attorney General however emphasised the need for integrity from both sides (the ministry and the police) “Nobody should compromise his work, everybody should keep upright and avoid corruptions”.

The Commissioner of Police Zubairu Muazu, while responding stressed the need for closer collaboration between the Police and the Ministry to improve justice dispensation.

He said “ I consider the relationship between police and the Justice ministry as very important, or role as investigators is very relevant and so the ministry. Though with little differences but is aimed at the same target”.

The CP narrated some of the achievement made by the police from January 2016 to date which include complete prosecution of all civil cases.

He said “The police has no civil case… and very soon there will be training for all IPO’s from division level, cid to head quarters in order to improve prosecution which at some level we would require collaboration with the ministry to provide your staff as resource person in training our personnel”.

 

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