PRES RELEASE: UK To Support Nigeria’s Judges’ Training
The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN has received in audience senior judges of British government led by Sir. John Saunders in his office last Tuesday.
According to Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN in a press release issued Wednesday, the Minister appreciated the effort of the British government towards ensuring effective and efficient justice system in Nigeria.
Isah quoted the AGF to have told the visiting judge that, “I appreciate your effort towards strengthening justice sector in Nigeria, especially as it affects insurgency”.
“Your visit, I believe is about consolidation of the help and support British government has been giving to Nigeria over time.”
The spokesman revealed Malami further emphasized that in the fight against insurgency, two things are critical for the success of the judicial determination of terrorism cases.
Isah said the Minister enumerated that among the issues are investigation which he explained is expedient for the prosecutor to have cogent and comprehensive facts of the case for investigation.
The pointed out that the AGF also dded judicial determination of cases which according to him; has been a major impediment in the nation’s judicial process.
He equally expressed belief that the delay in the administration of justice in Nigeria may be because of the complexity of the cases or deficiency in the training of judicial officers.
These dispositions aligned him to the offer made by the British officials to train Nigerian Judicial officers to grapple with the complexity of terrorism cases and others without compromising speed.
Speaking earlier, the visiting senior British judges lead by Justice Sir. John Saunders noted that judges are the people to ensure that judicial system works or otherwise.
He added that, “we give our judges training good enough and I think that training prowess of British government could be extended to Nigerian judges and prosecutor. But it all depends on your area of priority for our intervention.”