Corruption: FG Develops National Policy On Prosecution

national policy, corruptionAs part of efforts to stem the tide of corruption through speedy trial of suspects, the federal government has developed a national policy on prosecution.

The Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, announced the new policy at a meeting of attorney generals in Abuja where they converged from the 36 states of the federation to discuss how to improve the justice sector.

Mr Malami said that the adoption and implementation of the policy by state authorities will fast-track the prosecution of corruption and criminal cases.

The Minister appealed to states to accept the federal government’s vision of tackling corruption by establishing special anti-corruption units.

He advocated the restoration of public confidence in the justice sector through the speedy prosecution of cases.

The Country Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Cristina Albertin, also outlined the role of prosecutors in the fight against corruption.

At a separate meeting on the London summit on Anti-Corruption, the Minister of Justice pledged government’s commitment to accountability and transparency as a means of stemming corruption.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, confirmed government’s resolve to run an open government just as the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, advised political leaders to lead by example.

UN Calls For Speedy Trial Of Child Traffickers

UNThe newly appointed Country Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nigeria, Ms. Cristina Albertin, is appealing for speedy trials in Nigeria’s justice system to aid the fight against trafficking in persons.

Ms Albertin, in exclusive interview with Channels Television, noted that efforts against trafficking are thwarted when cases take as much as five years to be concluded in the courts.

She also said that more funding would be needed to improve the capacity of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons to tackle human trafficking.

The United Nations Country Representative is in Edo State as part of
engaging with stakeholders towards successful delivery of the global mandate of the United Nations in Nigeria.