The Evidence Act, 2011, repealed the old Evidence Act. In doing so, the new Act introduced some changes in the Law of Evidence. Ever since, there has been an urgent need for scholastic guidance, in the proper approach to the interpretation of the provisions embodying those changes. This is particularly so, as the courts have been issuing contradictory interpretations of these provisions.
In his new book, Law of Evidence in Nigeria: Practice and Procedure, the veteran author and urbane man of letters, Professor Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, masterfully plumbs the intention of the draft's persons of the Act. The result is a five-hundred-and-forty-page treatise of redoubtable erudition.
The succinct titles of the different chapters are quite captivating just as the logical presentations of ideas are very illuminating. The book bears the imprints of the erudite author's versatility in the Law of Evidence - a course he has taught, admirably, in two public universities years.