Issues on Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria

Issues on Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria
Title NIALS Issues on Criminal Justice
Author Adedeji Adekunle, Suzzie Oyakhire, Chukwuemeka Nwabuzor
Date 18-03-2020
Details This book highlights issues on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (ACJA). The ACJA repealed the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) which was applicable in Southern Nigeria and the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) which was applicable in Northern Nigeria. Actually, the ACJA harmonised the provisions of the CPA and CPC, albeit with emphasis on restorative justice rather than punishment. The chapters of this book provide literature on areas covered by the ACJA including management of criminal justice institutions, protection of the society from crime and protection of the rights and interests of the suspect, the defendant, and the victim. The experience of the authors is brought to bear in their respective chapters. The book comprises 11 chapters. The first chapter by Professor Yemi Akinseye-George, SAN provides an overview of the changes and application of the ACJA. The second chapter by Anthony Adetunji Oluborode discusses the prosecutorial standards and evaluation of evidence under the ACJA. Hadiza Okunrobo’s chapter three highlights the expanded inclusion of rights for victims of crime under the ACJA. Nelson Ojukwu in chapter four analyses the Legal Aid Act, 2011 in the light of criminal justice administration and fundamental human rights. An analysis of the search warrant provisions under the ACJA is done by Fatima Waziri-Azi in chapter five while Suzzie Oyakhire and Chukwuemeka Nwabuzor provide a review of section 17 of the ACJA on the recording of statements made by suspects. The bail reforms under the ACJA are stated by S.O Imhanobe in his chapter seven titled ‘Procedure and conditions for bail under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015’. Chapters eight and nine by Ifeoluwa Etomilade-Oduola and Temitope Alice Omole respectively review the non-custodial sanctions regime under the ACJA and the new responsibilities for the Police. Chapter 10, written by Erherhebue Austin Emumejakpor, focuses n the reporting requirements under the ACJA. The final chapter of the book which looks at the ACJA and the treatment of Victims of Gender Based Violence is written by Professor Adedeji Adekunle and Awele Ikobi. The book should be a companion for stakeholders in the criminal justice administration sector including judges, prosecutors, defence counsel, police officers, academics, civil society organisations, etcetera. The book will also be useful to law students and even the general public. The book is available for purchase in the NIALS offices in Abuja and Lagos.