Mr. Odinkalu made the remark at a round table on networking the criminal justice system, organized by the Nigerian Institute For Advanced Legal Studies, which is aimed at evaluating the criminal justice system in Nigeria to ensure a functional and result oriented criminal justice system in Nigeria.
Mr Odinkalu noted that the criminal justice system in Nigeria has broken down and has remained non-functional since the early 1980′s, as a result of a design flaw.
According to him the criminal justice system in Nigeria is over centralized and heavily politicized.
Mr. Odinkalu said that the criminal justice in Nigeria is near non-existence leading to many unresolved cases with the police.
He noted some of the flaws of the justice system as, over- crowded prisons with millions of pre-trial inmates, too many cases in Nigerian courts and so many other negative implications.
He blamed the over bearing influence of government and the politicization of key security institution and a very obsolete criminal code as the major problems to an efficient criminal justice system in the country.
In trying to find a lasting solution, the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies is advocating a network of institutions in the sector for more productivity.
Participants at the event suggest that a network of key institutions in the sector is a must to redeem the criminal justice system. They also advocated the use of information technology to create a seamless collaboration amongst the organizations especially on issues of records and data keeping which are key to a functional and virile criminal justice system.