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The Criminal Justice System and Ordeal of Victims of Crime in Nigeria: A Preliminary Observation
Law is important and indeed indispensable for the continued existence of human society. The criminal justice system is entrusted with the responsibility of controlling criminal behaviour and punishing criminals or offenders. Compared to civil law, criminal law focuses more on the benefit of the state and political community than on victims of crime. Regrettably, a justice system which places more emphasis on criminals or offenders than victims of crime cannot be said to be wholly fair, equitable and just. It has placed victims in an unbearable but avoidable ordeal. Nevertheless, the system can be tinkered with to ensure a balance of justice in society.
SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8 (2) 2006: pp. 28-32