It cannot be over-emphasized that the purpose of a criminal prosecution is not to obtain a conviction; it is to lay … what the Crown considers to be credible evidence relevant to what is alleged to be a crime. Counsels have a duty to see that all available legal proof of the facts is presented: it should be done firmly and pressed to its legitimate strength but it must also be done fairly. The role of prosecutor excludes any notion of winning or losing; his function is a matter of public duty than which in civil life there can be none charged with greater personal responsibility. It is to be efficiently performed with an ingrained sense of the dignity, the seriousness and the justness of judicial proceedings.

The 2016 Founders’ Day Lecture took place on Monday 18th April 2016 at the Professor Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Unilag Campus, Yaba, Lagos State. Dignitaries present at the occasion included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON (ably represented by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi); the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN (ably represented by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Federation, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun; a former Minister for External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun; Two former Directors general of the Institute, Profs M.A. Ajomo and D.A Guobadia were also in attendance. Hon. Justice Oguntade, CFR, J.S.C. (Rtd) chaired the event.

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