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My One Penny (8): Endorsement of Confessional Statement by a Senior Police Officer is Good Practice But Not Law By Oseme Peremene Anthony, Esq

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By Oseme Peremene Anthony, Esq

“It is good that the administrative practice of endorsing the confessional statement of the accused person before a senior police officer be followed so that a gap in the evidence is not created, however, it has not yet received legal requirement for the admissibility of a confessional statement.

The failure to observe the procedure of taking the accused/appellant before a Superior Police Officer in respect to Exhibit has not rendered the statement inadmissible as it is not the requirement of any law.

All that the taking or the endorsement of the Superior officer would portend is making proof of its voluntariness easier and no more.” – Tope v. State (2019) LPELR-SC 380/2015 per Abba Aji, J.S.C.

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