Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, the Solicitor-General of the Federation, has said a confessional statement obtained during interrogation is not admissible by a trial court in a criminal trial.
Jedy-Agba, who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of a two-day technical consultations tagged: “Archiving Zero Tolerance for Toture” in Abuja.
The event, which was organised by Avocats Sans Frontiers (ASF) France and the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme of the British Council, is in commemoration of this year’s International Day of Support for Victims of Torture.
The solicitor-general, therefore, warned against the use of torture during interrogation by security agents.
Jedy-Agba, represented by Mr Mohammed Abubakar, Director of Public Prosecution in the ministry, said: “It will therefore be necessary to make these points very clear to law enforcement agents.
”This is to drive home the point that the use of torture is unacceptable in any way in the administration of criminal justice.”
According to her, if anything, It renders a law enforcement agent susceptible to condemnation by the public or even prosecution for acting unlawfully.
“In this respect, it may be pointed out that the Police Act provides that a police personnel shall be personally held liable for any act committed by him which is beyond his authority,” she said.
She said as part of efforts to checkmate the menace in the country, the Anti-Torture Act 2017 was put in place to provide framework for combating the use of torture in extracting confession from suspects during investigation or as punishment for an offender during incarceration.