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AN INVESTIGATION ON THE APPLICATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCEDURE AND ITS IMPACT ON CRIME FACTORS IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA
The study was designed to investigate inherent problems associated with the application of criminal justice in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. Structural-functionalist theory was adopted as the theoretical guide. A sample size of 400 respondents was selected and adopted through application of Yard’s formula. Questionnaire was the principal instrument of data collection while the formulated hypotheses were tested with Chi-square and Phi coefficient statistical tools. The result of the test of hypotheses indicated that there is a relationship between length of time spent by suspects in jail awaiting trial and the judicial procedure adopted by the state judiciary. Based on research findings the study suggested that an institutional approach be applied in the dispensation of criminal justice so that suspects could get speedy and fair hearing and that confidence in the judiciary would be rekindled.
Keywords: Criminal Justice Procedure, Crime Factors, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria