Mar 30, 2018

Police Cannot Suo Moto Declare Person Wanted


By virtue of the provisions of the law, only a court can compel the appearance of a suspect. 
Section 113 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 states that -

“ A court may issue a summons or warrant as provided in the Act to compel the appearance before it of a suspect accused of having committed an offence in any place, whether within or outside Nigeria, triable in a state or in the FCT”.

The Act does not in anyway empower the police to declare a person wanted without a warrant for that persons arrest issued a court of competent jurisdiction. 

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