Osinbajo recommends day-to-day trials for crime suspects

R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with representative of the Vice President, Minister of Justice & Attorney-General, Mr. Abubakar Malami; Judge of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji and representative of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.
R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with representative of the Vice President, Minister of Justice & Attorney-General, Mr. Abubakar Malami; Judge of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji and representative of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday identified delay in the administration of justice as a major challenge that must be jointly tackled by stakeholders in the justice sector, just as he urged judges, lawyers and others to change their attitudes and stand up for what is right.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholder’s Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Mr. Osinbajo, a professor of Law, said stakeholders in the administration of justice must now begin to take the issue of delay more seriously and shun all forms of delay tactics.

Mr. Osinbajo, who was the keynote speaker at the summit with the theme: “Contemporary Trends: Catalysts For Justice Sector Reform in Lagos State,” called on the judiciary, as a way out of the problem, to embrace day-to-day system for trials and heavy punishment for deliberate act of delay aimed at stalling cases.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left); representative of the Vice President, Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (right) and Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left); representative of the Vice President, Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (right) and Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.

The Vice President, who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said it was also important for the judiciary to introduce significant costs for delay occasioned especially by lateness, ill-preparedness or deliberate tactics.

While alluding to plethora of statistics and judicial decisions especially a 2014 English Court of Appeal judgment where it was stated that ‘cases take up to a generation to be resolved in Nigeria occasioned by catastrophic delays,’ Osinbajo said stakeholders must now resolve to address the issue of delay once and for all in the collective interest of all.

He took a swipe at some judges who would not sit on time and rise early and lawyers who file frivolous applications and employ other delay tactics as well as shoddy police investigation, and admonished all of them to desist from such.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with representative of the Vice President, Minister of Justice & Attorney-General, Mr. Abubakar Malami (left); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (middle); Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with representative of the Vice President, Minister of Justice & Attorney-General, Mr. Abubakar Malami (left); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (middle); Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.

“If we can agree that these problems are against our collective interests as practitioners and stakeholders, then we must make a firm commitment to tackle the problems by changing our attitude and standing up for what is right,” Mr. Osinbajo said.

Speaking on the summit, the Vice President said Lagos State had a general reputation for trailblazing reforms in the justice sector and in many other sectors in Nigeria and beyond, adding that the summit, which is aimed at further initiating reforms in conformity with modern trends, was another testament to the fact that the reputation of the state was being taken seriously by the current administration led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

He said even though Nigeria was just clawing its way out of recession, it was gratifying that the state government deemed it important to invest in the summit to address some of the institutional challenges preventing the country from developing a first-class justice system in its commercial nerve centre.

In his address, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said for any nation to experience economic growth, it must first have a functional judicial system that would not only encourage local and foreign investors to invest in, but also guarantee conducive environment for such businesses to thrive.

Governor Ambode said experience over the years has shown that societies with equal and unhindered access to justice have a better environment for economic growth and poverty alleviation than those that do not.

This, he said, prompted his administration to prioritise justice and security reforms, not only to maintain law and order, but basically to carry out the various developmental projects that would make Lagos safer and more prosperous.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Principal Partner, Bayo Ojo & Co., Barr. Bayo Ojo (SAN); Judge of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji; representative of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi; representative of the Vice President, Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Principal Partner, Bayo Ojo & Co., Barr. Bayo Ojo (SAN); Judge of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji; representative of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi; representative of the Vice President, Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade during the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, January 30, 2017.

“As a government, we are well aware that to achieve our socio-economic goals of a safer, secured, peaceful and more prosperous Lagos State, we need a functioning justice sector, which guarantees not only the maintenance of law and order, the enforcement of human rights and freedom, but also provides an administration of justice ambience that protects investments and encourages economic development.”

He listed some of the major challenges currently being faced by investors and entrepreneurs include the ease and cost of doing business and over regulation of business processes, saying that the Summit was not only timely but a veritable platform for experts to proffer solutions.

“We are mindful of the need to attract foreign investment, and public private investment, especially in the area of provision of infrastructure. No economy can develop without sustained infrastructural development. I firmly believe that discussions around all these issues are pertinent for this august gathering,” the governor said.

Besides, Mr. Ambode said his government was working round the clock to ensure a system where all justice institutions in the state are fully automated, alluding to the fact that global strides in commerce and information technology have transformed the world into a global village.

“One of our top priorities is to leave behind a legacy of a 21st century justice sector driven by digital technology and powered by digital literate judicial officers and legal services providers,” he said.

One of such technologies being put in place, Governor Ambode said, was the Lagos State DNA Laboratory to process DNA evidence, just as he expressed optimism that it would serve as a powerful criminal justice tool in prosecuting the guilty and exonerating the innocent.

“This will also act as deterrence to criminals whose DNA data are in the DNA database, ultimately, playing a key role in the systematic reduction of crime in our State,” Governor Ambode said.


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  • Rommel

    The only thing that can help to dispense justice quickly in Nigeria is to recruit judges from civilized commonwealth nations on contract to deal with corruption issues,any other measure will amount to nothing because Nigerian judiciary is at present irredeemably corrupt

    • Steel

      I agree!

    • I concur

  • Domingos

    Common sense, where art thou? Crime suspects should be tried daily while Islamist terrorists should be released/set free on a daily basis. It has no other name, it is called mumudity.

    • when idiots like you have access to internet, common sense becomes too difficult to appreciate. Everything is turned into a hate or religious issue. The topic is about administration of criminal justice system, you Moron. What islamist has been set free in Nigeria?? You idiots and haters always dish out beer parlour rumours to paint the Government of PMB bad. Continue to hate, God has chosen him to lead for 4 years and probably 8years, if you don’t like it go buy a rope and hang yourself. Am a non political christian but am yet to see any christian in politics thats is as straight as him. When your drunken christian President Jona was in government, how many terrorists did he arrest, instead he stole all the money we gave him to fight them. Fools die first.

    • share Idea

      Do you mind Propaganda party. For more than 3 months Buhari could not dend the name of Ononaghen to Senate for confirmation and VP & AGF have not reminded him the need to act fast and wants to gullible to believe that our problems are caused by delay of judiciary.

  • Bimbo.

    Stop talking Mr Ambode and Mr VP, take action.We are tired of all your talk. Nigeria is moving backwards while u talk but no action.

  • thusspokez

    “The Vice President, who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said it was also important for the judiciary to introduce significant costs for delay occasioned especially by lateness, ill-preparedness or deliberate tactics.

    The snail speed of lawyers and judges is not only extremely annoying and frustrating. And if one could quantify it, it might well cost many a country billions of dollars in lost earnings and opportunity costs. I look forward to the day when Artificial Intelligence (AI) Judges will replace Nigerian judges in their fleas-infested wigs. That moment is round the corner!

    The AI Judge would ask plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses series of questions; dimensions, weights and descriptions of exhibits taken. All of which could be completed in less than an hour. Nexts everyone takes 30 minutes break before returning for the AI Judge’s verdict.

    If any party is not happy with the judgement, they can appeal; provide the new information, and the process repeated. All to take less than 1 hour.

    Now with 12 AI judges per court house working 12 hours, and turning out a case in 3 hours or 4 cases per day. Wow, each court house turnover would be 48 cases per day. Who need judges?

    Only the supreme court would handle cases in the traditional manner and could overrule AI judges.

  • Stanley

    I cannot imagine that the Vice President will recommend instead of ordering. Simply ask the judiciary what it takes for criminal suspects to be tried daily, provide it and order it. Who will order things to be done if the President and his Vice embark on advice, pleads, calls, appeals, and to who? See how Trumps is shaking America and the world just for a week as President. Would he plead for Nigerians to shelf their Visas, no, just simply ordering us to back off. Our Vice President is a Professor of law and knows very well that daily trials is the right way give justice, decongest the prisons. It is beneficial to the criminals, the judiciary, and the nation at large. Bite VP Bite.

    • Odus

      The VP is working base on the rule of law. He’s a LAWYER!

      • Olatubosun

        Yes o…….. A very talented professor

        • dele20

          I concur

  • Olatubosun

    I give kudos to our vice-president yemi oshibajo

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, The vice president is also tirelessly working great

  • Olatubosun

    He is really working hard to make things better