By Kenneth Atavti
Justice Salisu Garba, Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, NJI, has promised that under his leadership, the criminal justice system is at par with other common law jurisdiction in line with global best practices.
He made this vow on Monday in his remarks at the opening ceremony of the National Workshop for Investigators and Prosecutors.
Justice Garba however noted that the task must be driven by all stakeholders which they must close ranks to achieve, bearing in mind that it is the desire of Nigerians that delay in criminal trials be curbed.
“No doubt, the Judiciary, which is the arm saddled with the responsibility of upholding the Rule of Law by interpreting, construing and applying the relevant laws, will always ensure that we carry out our constitutional mandate to the best of our ability.
“It is my hope that this workshop will provide the Investigators and Prosecutors with relevant skills necessary for optimum performance and productivity,” he said.
He further noted that the workshop was organised in fulfilment of the Institute’s mandate to “promote or undertake any other activity which in the opinion of the Board to help achieve the purpose for which the Institute was established.
Garba added that drawing from the successes recorded from previous workshops, the programme will be sustained on the Institute’s Calendar of Programmes to deepen synergy amongst stakeholders, in order to effectively rid our society of crime.
“The workshop is designed among several other things, to acquaint participants with burgeoning developments in the criminal justice system,” he added.