By Rose Audu
A Non-governmental organization working to promote public safety security and accessible justice in Nigeria, CLEEN Foundation has revealed that only evidence with proven value is essential in court case of missing person in Nigeria, noting that the geospatial technology training will enhance data acquirement especially in cases of missing persons.
This was disclosed by the NGO during a webinar it recently organised and titled: Training on Geospatial Technology and Missing Persons in Nigeria: Legal and Evidentiary Issue
“The geospatial technology training will enhance data acquirement especially, in cases of missing persons in the country,” the foundation affirmed. It added that decision on the admission into evidence of materials remote sensing technologies are a tool for identifying circumstances that require more detailed investigation by visual observation, or other groundtruthing such as a sample, measurement or other record of an on-site observation of events.
“Geospatial images and ground observations can be mutually reinforcing and corroborative.
“As technology continues to grow at an alarming rate and permeate every aspect of our lives, Nigerian courts will have to be mindful of how to apply and in some cases adapt the sparse provisions on digital evidence in the Law of Evidence Act, 2011 to phenomena that did not exist and new geospatial technologies that will transcend the rigid contours of known evidentiary.
“Witnesses will continue to be important in the cases of complex or obscure technologies especially when we want to use new geospatial technologies to locate missing persons in Nigeria,” the foundation said.