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ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE RELEVANCY OF JUDGES’ RULES AND POLICE INTERROGATION IN NIGERIA
Abstract: Previously, there had been hue and cry by the general public that the police always obtained statements from suspects by the use of force, thereby make them confess the crime they did not commit. In order to guarantee that the accused person has given statement to the police voluntarily, Judges’ rules were made in Nigeria to guide the police and other agencies who investigate crimes, when questioning any person suspected of committing a crime. It is therefore, these rules of administrative practice that this article sets out to examine its historical development in England and Nigeria. The paper further looks at the application and extent of adherence to Judges’ Rules in Nigeria. It discusses problems of non-observance of these Rules by the police in Nigeria and concludes with recommendations that our code of practice should be amended in line with the 1994 United Kingdom`s model.
Keywords: Admissible evidence, Criminal trial, Judges’ Rules, police interrogation.