CRIMINAL LAW, JUSTICE AND CRIME WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN NIGERIA

Jorge C Nkwoh, Uche Augustus Nnawulezi

Abstract


The developing pattern in new technologies of on crime commission in Nigeria has necessitated the pressing need to look at criminal law mechanisms set up and compliance with level of a minimum universal standard. This paper examines nature of crime, criminal law and criminal justice administrations which are more than ever basic issues of concern in Nigeria today as new innovations of crimes are on the increase. Likewise, there has been an undeniably strong argument on transnational crime issues and terrorism in Nigeria today and around the globe. In Nigerian setting, the current criminal law mechanisms set up are lacking and obsolete in idea and language. The Criminal and Penal Codes for instance are both colonial enactment as are the Criminal Procedure Act and the Criminal Procedure Code. This paper however recommends that reforms to criminal justice system in Nigeria will address these new challenges by keeping abreast with the changing patterns of crime commission in Nigeria. The paper depended on narrative proof and subsequently scooped a great part of the information from secondary sources supported by analytical approach.

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