Nigeria’s rights group seeks implementation of Criminal Justice Act

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NIGERIA

By Samuel Luka

A Nigerian based non-governmental organization known as Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI), has called on Governor Bala Mohammed of northeastern Bauchi State to revisit the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2019 and have it signed as a milestone to become operational.

The Act is meant to ensure that the system of Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria promotes efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of society from crime and protection of the rights and interests of the suspect, defendant, and victim.

The rights group in Partnership with Cleen Foundation, made the call in a press release signed by the Executive Director of PIDI-Nigeria, Mbami Sabka, and urged the Governor to ensure that the act is put to use as part of the Criminal Justice Reform for speedy and prompt justice system.

Sabka said, “Sir, I knew overtime that your insatiable quest for justice to the humanity and Bauchi State people in particular is uncompromising and I had wished to personally meet with you over the issue”.

He urged the Governor to consider and Gazette the adopted law herein referred as Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 which was assented in May 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Meanwhile; the innovation of the law in criminal justice reform makes many states of the federation to adopt it as a State Law as well. Your excellency, from the information we gathered, the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) Bauchi State was passed into law in May 2019 by the previous administration’s last day in office and the law is still awaiting to be gazetted”, Sabka said.

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