A representative of the Office of Public Defender, Ekiti State, Mr. Oluwatayo Fabusuyi has said that speedy trial of suspects without hindrances remains one of the essential means of promoting human rights.
Fabusuyi made this known while delivering a paper in Ado-Ekiti at the bi-monthly ACJA Working Group meeting organized by CLEEN Foundation with support from MacArthur Foundation on the Project ‘Promoting Accountability and Transparency in the Administration of Criminal Justice System in Nigeria”.
He explained that speedy trial of suspects is enshrined in Nigeria’s Constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 stating that such would reduce incarceration, decongestion of prisons and ensure a saner criminal justice system.
The legal officer emphasized on aspects of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2014, which provides for trial of suspects between thirty and one hundred and eighty days, as well as the abolishment of arrest in civil cases.
Responding, the officer in charge of the legal department, Ekiti State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, SP, Femi Falade noted that all arrests made by the Police so far were targeted at cleansing the society of crime and not arbitrary.
Participants at the bi-monthly meeting which held at the Conference Room, Ekiti State Police Command were drawn from relevant stakeholders in the justice sector, such as Nigeria Bar Association, FIDA, National Human Rights Commission, the Police, NSCDC, Prisons, NYSC Legal Aid Group, Legal Support CSOs, and the Media among others.
The stakeholders suggested a holistic approach for a flawless investigation that would lead to the arrest of any offender, sensitization of the public on bail of suspects, and treatment of people who are yet to be convicted by a competent court of jurisdiction.