The chief Judge of Niger State, Fati Abubakar, on Tuesday said that the constant transfer of investigating and prosecuting officers was impeding the smooth administration of criminal justice in the state.
Abubakar, wife of former military head of state, Abdusalam Abubakar, made the announcement at a two-day capacity building workshop in Minna.
“Constant transfer of IPOs from one jurisdiction to another is greatly affecting smooth administration of criminal justice in this state. It often causes logistic problem as IPOs who are transferred mid-way into cases are not often available when such cases are mentioned,” she said.
The chief judge also noted that getting the IPOs to appear for such cases after they have been transferred often proves difficult.
Abubakar said that while the police authorities had the power and right to transfer their officers and men, frequent transfer of IPOs was not in the best interest of administration of criminal justice.
She also pointed out that delay by rape victims to go for medical test and obtain medical reports immediately they were violated had stalled prosecution of many rape cases in the state and urged families of rape victims to ensure that immediate test was carried out on victims and medical reports obtained as delay might affect justice being done.
The state police commissioner, Desire Nisirim, said the workshop was part of the command’s desire to provide a platform for continuous legal education for its personnel.
She said it was also designed to improve knowledge of laws and current legal practices in the administration of criminal justice.
The commissioner said that the command was committed to the task of providing effective services, protection of lives, property and rights of members of the public.
The workshop was organised by the Niger State Police Command for 250 prosecutors and investigators of the command.