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Nigerian lawyers insist on criminal justice reforms

August 31, 2010

While speaking with Daily Trust recently, Nwosu further advocated the use of Restorative Justice options such as plea bargaining, bail process and victim-offender mediation. He argued that this takes cognisance of the underlying issues involved in an offence which ranges from sociological, psychological and economical. He further stated that it seeks to adopt the alternative measures stated earlier in dealing with the offender.

He added that the Nigerian legal system proffers stiff penalties which are in reality unenforceable which makes a mockery of the whole system. “In fact some cases they even try as criminal should actually have come under neighbourhood and family cases if properly assessed and isolated,” he said….

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