According to reports, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has lauded the support of the government of the United Kingdom for Nigeria’s justice sector.
He also accepted the offer by the UK government to train Nigerian judges and prosecutors in the handling of cases of terrorism.
Malami was quoted as saying this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, on Wednesday.
Malami was said to have received some British judges led by Sir John Saunders in his office last Tuesday.
The minister was said to have, while playing host to the foreign judges, appreciated the effort of the British government towards ensuring effective and efficient justice system in Nigeria.
The minister was quoted as telling the visiting judges that, “I appreciate your effort towards strengthening the justice sector in Nigeria, especially as it affects insurgency.
“Your visit, I believe, is about consolidation of the help and support the British government has been giving to Nigeria over time.”
Malami was said to have reiterated the major issues he considered to be critical to the success of the judicial determination of terrorism cases.
According to Isah, Malami pointed out, among others, that investigation of crimes was key.
He equally explained that the delay in the administration of justice in Nigeria might be because of the complexity of the cases or due to the deficiency in the training of judicial officers.
Isah said in the statement that, “This disposition aligned him (Malami) with the offer made by the British officials to train Nigerian judicial officers to grapple with the complexity of terrorism cases and others without compromising speed.”
Speaking earlier, the head of the delegation of the visiting British judges, Saunders, had said, “We give our judges training good enough and I think that the training prowess of the British government could be extended to Nigerian judges and prosecutors. But it all depends on your area of priority for our intervention.”