Ogun State Government has assured that it will not relent in its effort to ensure prompt disposal of cases with the establishment of specialised courts, which in turn will lead to decongestion of correctional centers across the state.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran who stated this at a day training on Police Duty Solicitor Scheme (PDSS), organised for lawyers and Nigeria police officers at the State High Court ceremonial complex, Kobape, Abeokuta, said the present administration has zero tolerance for corruption.
Mr. Adeniran said part of the reasons for setting up the scheme was to fulfill the procedure of arrest by the Nigeria police by engaging in thorough investigations and follow necessary evidence while dealing with cases, as well as bridge the gap between the police and law officers.
He pointed out that ‘it is better for nine guilty persons to go scot-free than to allow one innocent person to be in prison’ adding that they should have good interactions with different communities regarding security concern to have their support.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu represented by Justice Rotimi Balogun said the PDSS came into existence with the efforts of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria in partnership with Open Society Justice Initiative and Nigeria Police Force, which had been embraced by seven States of the federation in which Ogun State was one of the first to adopt it in its Judicial system.
“We must all join hands to ensure due process of the law is strictly adhered to, as the era of having it on paper without applying it is a thing of the past”, she said.
While speaking, the Co-chairman of the PDSS, Chief Magistrate Oluwakemi Adebo, advised the police and law officers to work hand in hand to achieve the aim and objective of the Scheme.