The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) will no longer have the powers to prosecute suspected criminals in Kano courts, the state's government declared on Sunday, December 29.
The state's attorney-general and justice commissioner, Ibrahim Mukhtar, said the police will not prosecute such suspects on behalf of the state henceforth.
He added that the criminal justice system in Kano had witnessed positive progress recently with the state making effort to strengthen the judiciary.
"We have put machinery in place to gradually take over the entire criminal prosecution from the police in the state," he said.
According to Mukhtar, the state government relies on section 211 of Nigeria's constitution as well as the provisions of the new administration of criminal justice law of Kano to stop the police from prosecuting suspected criminals.
He said since the roles of the police include crime prevention, detection and investigation, the state would give it all the needed encouragement to assist in these regards.
“You find that defendants in criminal matters are always at liberty to engage the services of lawyers, even senior advocates while the state has to make do with police prosecutors whose knowledge of the law is limited. We hope to see that this trend is changed.
“We want all parties to have what would be seen to proper representation. We feel it is better to have legal practitioners on the two sides of every criminal prosecution in the state," he explained.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Kano state government recently banned persons of the opposite genders from plying the same commercial tricycles.
An official announced that the ban from the Kano state government takes effect from January 2020.
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