Ministerial nominee, Ocholi Enojo James, was screened by the senate today. Being a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), he answered questions bothering on law and administration of justice in Nigeria.
He proposed that EFCC and ICPC be merged because “one agency can combine the functions of the EFCC, ICPC, etc and perform well”.
Below are quotes taken from his answers:
‘We have 69% of the total number of inmates awaiting trial in Prisons. This is unhealthy for Nigeria.’
‘Our Prisons need to be improved on.’
‘In this time and age, our courts are still grinding slowly. Judges still hand write things that are said.’
‘I make a vow; I will be honest, I will look at the issues &say the truthful legal advice to the President’
‘My wife just resigned her job as a registrar of a Private Institution to open an NGO that will care for the IDPs’
‘Justice delayed is Justice denied. I like the recently passed Administration of Criminal Justice Law’
‘Plea Bargaining has only been recently codified clearly; the initiator, the terms, the guilt or otherwise’
‘Our Supreme Court Justices are doing a very great work’
‘The Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is too wide. We are in fact lucky that they don’t die on the seat’.