Investigation by Police

No court has the power to stop the investigative powers of the Police or EFCC or any agency established under our laws

Hassan v. EFCC [2014] 1 NWLR (Pt. 1389) 607 at 631 paras. G-H, per Orji-Abadua, JCA:

“It ought to be mentioned that no court has the power to stop the investigative powers of the Police or EFCC or any agency established under our laws to investigate crimes where there is reasonable suspicion of commission of a crime or ample evidence of commission of an offence by a suspect.”

Blogger’s Note:

The Police, EFCC or other law enforcement agencies ought to be allowed to do their jobs of properly investigating crimes. However, the point must be made that every investigation must be carried out under due process with regard to the rule of law and constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights. For instance, the Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSS) recently carried out what they termed ‘sting’ operations against alleged corrupt Judges and Justices without following due process. The National Judicial Council decried the incident.

 

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