Prominent Bar Leader and Director in the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, Cordelia Eke will on Wednesday unveil her book on the criminal justice system titled “Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria: A Practical Guide.”

Billed to hold at the exquisite Nigerian Bar Association Port Harcourt Branch House by 1:00 pm, the public presentation and launch of the book will hold under the chairmanship of the 19th NBA President, Hon. O. C. J. Okocha SAN, with the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor SAN as Chief Host.

The wife of the Rivers State Governor, Her Excellency, Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzette Nyesom-Wike is the Special Guest of Honour while the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Hon. Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi is expected to grace the occasion with members of the bench.

While legal practitioners and law students in advanced programmes are expected to participate in the public presentation and launch, the Book Reviewer is the erudite Nigerian Law School lecturer and prolific writer, Mr. Sylvester Udemezue.

The hybrid event will be preceded by a 10% discount on the cover price for those who pre-order the book online, via Sellar, before the launch date.

The book is a seminal contribution to the study and practice of criminal law in Nigeria. It is also a compass for persons outside the country who wish to navigate through the Nigerian criminal justice system and gain an understanding of how it operates. It is written from a practitioner’s perspective, and is aimed at identifying and addressing practical issues thrown up on a daily basis with a view to improving the level of criminal justice practice and equipping intending practitioners with the necessary tools to enable them have a seamless practice experience.

The author dissects the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and presents the topics in a reader-friendly manner, with anecdotes from actual courtroom experiences, statutory and judicial authorities, tips for lawyers and suggestions for reforms in certain cases. One of the highlights is the examination of the provisions concerning children in the criminal justice system, whether as victims or offenders.

According to the author, “With over 23 years experience in criminal prosecution and having shouldered various other responsibilities in the sector, I have seen good cases bungled by shoddy investigation by law enforcement agents, prosecutors losing their cases due to lack of attention to detail or non-compliance with the law, Legal Advice wrongly offered, and defence counsel that are unable to take advantage of opportunities in the interest of their clients because they are unaware of legal provisions in their favour. The judiciary is not left out either.”

Eke was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1995. She obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Public International Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury, in the United Kingdom and has practiced law both in the private and public sectors.

She has published several scholarly articles on the criminal justice system in authoritative peer-reviewed journals and was the Editor-in-Chief of the NBA SBL Business Law News Magazine (2007-2010) and the NBA Port Harcourt Branch BarNews (2006 – 2008). She was also the Editor of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) Nigeria, Rivers State Branch publication, “Handbook on Widows Rights in Nigeria.”

Eke was a resource person on ACJA at the NBA Annual General Conference (AGC) in 2017 and has presented papers on the subject at various seminars and workshops. She was a Council Member of the NBA Human Rights Institute; Chairman, Prosecution Manual Drafting Committee and Team Lead, Honorable Attorney-General’s Special Legal Advice Decongestion Committee, both in the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, among others. She is also a member of several professional organizations. She is married with children.

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