Ekiti AG Calls for Stakeholders’ Synergy over Prisons’ De-congestion
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda Esq. has called for synergy between his office, the Prisons, the Police and other Security Agencies as part of efforts to decongest the prisons and ensure quick dispensation of justice.
The Justice Commissioner made this call at a stakeholders’ meeting held with Security Chiefs in the state at the Ministry of Justice Complex in Ado Ekiti.
Fapohunda, who gave the reason for conveying the meeting to include proffering solutions to prosecutorial challenges and prison congestion, noted that out of the 488 inmates currently in Ado Ekiti prisons, only 121 have been convicted while other 367 are awaiting trial persons.
Fapohunda stressed the importance of prompt remittance of case files to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for proper legal advice.
While informing the security Chiefs that the state Ministry of Justice has zero tolerance for arbitrary letters of discontinuance relating to serious crimes such as rape, kidnapping and murder as such applications, according to him would be counterproductive and detrimental to the goal of achieving effective prosecution of criminal matters.
The Attorney-General said proper investigation of cases by the Police and correct handling of exhibits such as medical reports and confessional statements would further enhance the work of the Ministry.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba lauded the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his support for the Command.
He assured that pending case files would be forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution within seven days adding that completed police reports will henceforth be expeditiously be
While affirming that only competent officers would be posted to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for proper handling of cases, the Police Commissioner promised regular training and retraining programmes for Policemen in the State, which he said would further ensure best global practices in the task of maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law, as well as preventing, detecting and investigating criminal activities.
Also reacting, the Controller of Prisons, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Akinyemi Afolabi called for agreement between Agencies handling criminal justice in the State, which he said would further enhance prompt dispensation of criminal cases and facilitate prisons decongestion.
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