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Africa: Administration of Justice

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's latest estimate is of the proportion of arrests in (a) Nigeria, (b) Ethiopia, (c) Sudan and (d) Chad which are followed by a case investigation and court hearing. (213363)

In its 2007 Annual Report, the Nigerian police stated that 131,151 people were arrested and 80,191 people were prosecuted in Nigeria. We are unable to provide similar data for Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad as to do so would incur a disproportionate cost. In Nigeria, the UK supports the Federal Ministry of Justice in developing its justice information management system. It also works with Lagos and Enugu States on enhancing criminal case tracking and management capabilities. In Ethiopia, the UK supports a variety of related initiatives including promoting better record management in prisons.