International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 7, Issue 3 (2022)

Criminal investigation in Nigeria: Awareness level on the relevance of forensics


Onah Vitalis Chukwuma, Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris, Audu Friday

The main goal of forensic science is to gather intelligence to enable judges to make credible and logical decisions in court using a scientific approach to evidence evaluation for the administration of justice, and forensic methodology is now considered the gold standard for criminal investigation by countries all over the world. As a result, the current study looked into the level of awareness in Nigeria about the importance of forensics in criminal investigations. The survey research design was used in this study, and the sample size was a total of one hundred individuals from law enforcement and the judiciary. The study used descriptive statistics, which included frequency and percentage. The findings of this study revealed that the participants were dispersed socio-demographically as follows: male participants (68 percent) outnumbered female participants by a significant margin (43 percent), According to the age distribution, 62 percent of the participants were over the age of 40, while 18 percent were between the ages of 35 and 39. On an educational level, the current study's findings revealed that 81 percent of the participants have a bachelor's degree as the greatest level of educational qualification, out of a total of 100 percent. The current study also looked at replies to questions about the importance of forensics in criminal investigations, and the results revealed a lack of awareness about the importance of forensics in criminal investigations. As a result, the report suggests that the Nigerian Police Force and the Judiciary partner with universities that offer forensics programs for training.
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Onah Vitalis Chukwuma, Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris, Audu Friday. Criminal investigation in Nigeria: Awareness level on the relevance of forensics. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2022, Pages 1-7
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