The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police, has appealed to the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba, for the establishment of special court with mandate to adjudicate justice in fraud related cases to aid quick dispensation of trials.
This call was made by the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), CP Anyasinti Josephine Nneka, made this plea during his visit to the Justice Alogba in his office at the State High Court, Ikeja.
Nneka who prayed for the designation of a court that would attend to applications filed by the unit, said this would expedite action on fraud and other criminal applications.
She assured Justice Alogba that the unit under her supervision would always partner with the Lagos State judiciary towards ensuring that the prevalence of fraud-related cases is brought to the barest minimum through fair and diligent prosecution.
The CP along with her team expressed appreciation for the interaction, and the cooperation the unit had been receiving from the various courts within the Lagos State judiciary in respect of applications for court orders relevant to investigation of cases of fraud reported to the unit.
“We acknowledged, with gratitude, the application of the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2005; by the Lagos State Judiciary in respect of interim/final forfeiture of properties, which are identified and/or proved to be proceeds of fraud.
“This makes restitution possible to ameliorate the sufferings of the victim of such fraud,” Nneka said.
In his response, the Chief Judge, expressed gratitude for the visit, just as he alluded to the fact that law enforcement agencies and the judiciary are partners in addressing criminality in society so that justice is served and seen to be served.
The Chief Judge also commented on the fact that the PSFU has been coming to court with competent lawyers/prosecutors, who make the job of the court less difficult.
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He advised that the present crop of competent lawyers being paraded by the legal section of the PSFU’s unit should groom others to ensure continuity and position them to take over.
On PSFU’s applications, the chief judge said all criminal matters are generally deemed as “urgent” and are treated as such by the administrative judge.
He noted that expeditious hearing is always given to such cases but that lack of compliance with due process during filings is what normally hinders proceedings.