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Enugu governor canvasses public enlightenment on judicial procedures

By Lawrence Njoka
09 December 2021   |   4:06 am
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has canvassed the need for public enlightenment on the technicalities in judicial proceedings to enrich public knowledge and enhance understanding...

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Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has canvassed the need for public enlightenment on the technicalities in judicial proceedings to enrich public knowledge and enhance understanding of practice of the Law of Evidence in Nigeria.

Ugwuanyi made the call in Enugu, yesterday, at the public presentation of a book titled: Law of Evidence in Nigeria: Practice and Procedures, written by Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Director General, South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF), Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya. 

“Given the dynamism and growth of the country’s judicial system, I strongly believe that legal procedures in Nigeria must be strengthened for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness.

“The new book, which focuses on issues relating to the Law of Evidence and its practice, especially in the era of rapid changes in communication and information technology (ICT) globally, is a welcome development, especially due to the dearth of standard textbooks in such areas,” he said. 

Ugwuanyi, therefore, commended the author for his vision and effort in documenting what he considered a comprehensive account of the processes involved in establishing the ‘truth’ in the nation’s judicial processes and the legal principles of relevance and admissibility of facts.

“My position is emboldened by the scholarly words of Justice Chima Centus Nweze of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who, in his forward, described the book as quite captivating, just as the logical presentation of ideas are illuminating,” he said. 

Ugwuanyi stated that the book would address weaknesses in the current legal framework and fill the gap in public understanding of facts that may be proved, facts to be excluded from the judge’s cognisance, the burden of proving the facts and how they are proved in the nation’s courts.

On his part, the book reviewer, Prof. Offornze D. Amucheazi, disclosed that the 480-page document of 23 chapters “is clearly a classic work, a masterpiece inspired by many years of legal practice and teaching at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Enugu State University of Science and Technology”.

Unveiling the book, Chief Hyde Onuaguluchi, who stressed the importance of evidence in legal matters, appreciated Prof. Ortunaya for immortalising his name through the book and prayed that the publication would enhance the judicial principles, policies and general jurisprudence of Nigeria in an attempt to deliver lasting decisions that would stand the test of time.    

In her goodwill message, the Chief Guest of Honour, Justice Chinwe E. Iyizoba (rtd.) of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, commended the author, who she said, was her student of over two decades ago for authoring the book in spite of his busy schedule as SSG.

Response, Ortuanya, who dedicated the book to his late parents, thanked God for its successful unveiling and Ugwuanyi for his support and encouragement.