Experts want a stronger criminal justice system

Experts yesterday in Abuja stressed the need to strengthen the criminal justice system in Africa.

They spoke at the start of the Regional Conference of Criminal Justice Actors in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Director General of the Juritrust Center for Socio-Legal Research and Documentation, Professor Adedeji Adekunle, said it was time to come up with meaningful solutions that would strengthen the criminal justice system and protect suspects and detainees.

Adekunle said the criminal justice system should be strengthened to release prison cells and put in place criminal measures to rehabilitate convicts.

A senior Rwandan lawyer, Barrister Jean Bosco Mutangana, said the conference aimed to put in place measures to protect the rights of detainees and ensure speedy trials for detainees and suspects.

Ghana’s Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, represented by Justice Nicholas Abodakpi, stressed the need for training, resources and integrity in attempting to administer justice.

He said integrity was key to a proper investigation so that when a suspect was found guilty, the person was indeed guilty.

Declaring the conference open, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, represented by Justice Centus Nweze, urged the organizers to invite the judges to the next conference to enable them to learn from the stakeholders how to go about it. take for the administration of criminal justice.