We prosecuted over 29,000 criminal cases in one year – Police

THE Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it prosecuted 29,052 criminal cases in the past year.

This was disclosed in a statement posted on X on Tuesday, March 26, by the Force, signed by its spokesperson, Olumyiwa Adejobi.

According to the statement, the high number resulted from the dedication and diligence exhibited by investigative officers, working in harmony with the various legal teams in  commands and formations nationwide.


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Adejobi said that out of the 29,052 cases prosecuted, 17,676 had been concluded, while 11,376 cases were still undergoing trial.

He added that 51 cases were under appeal at various appellate courts.

“Moreover, out of the dispensed cases, an impressive sixteen thousand, two hundred (16,200) cases have led to the conviction of suspects who have been handed various forms of punishments for their criminal acts, a stark reminder to all criminals that they have no hiding place in our societies.






     

     

    “They are hereby warned to desist from their criminal acts as the long and vicious arm of the law will eventually bring them to justice. Additionally, 1,476 individuals have been discharged at the discretion of the jury. However, some of these discharged cases have been appealed by the Police for justice to prevail,” the statement reads.

    According to the Police, The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has pledged to ensure that perpetrators of crime are brought to justice swiftly and fairly.

    The IGP also extolled the dedication and professionalism of field and supervisory officers and legal teams, “whose tireless efforts have contributed to these remarkable achievements.”

    He also lauded the judiciary, legal practitioners, and all stakeholders for their invaluable support and collaboration in pursuing justice. He reiterated the resoluteness of the Nigeria Police to uphold the principles of justice and effectively play its due role in the criminal justice system.

     

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