IS THAT THE MAN? IMPERATIVES FOR IDENTIFICATION PARADE IN NIGERIA

B.E. EWULUM

Abstract


The issue of identification of a suspect is one that has taken a front burner in our criminal justice system. This is so because the basis of a criminal trial is the punishment of a defendant on behalf of the state. To now end up punishing an innocent person because he was wrongly identified as the defendant will automatically defeat the beautiful essence of our criminal justice system. This work therefore looks at the issue of identification paying particular emphasis on identification parade. The work analyses identification and its pride of place in our criminal justice system. It defines concept and considers the necessity of identification parade and its procedure while ending with the consequences of a doubtful identification of a suspect. It concluded by raising questions about this method of identification and calls for more reliable means of identification of suspects in Nigeria.

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