Ahmed, United Nation call for enactment of Criminal Justice Act 2015 in Nigeria
Written by Taiwo Adediran on November 27, 2015
The Kwara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on all state Houses of Assemblies in Nigeria to pass the Criminal Justice Act 2015 into law, noting that such act is capable of ensuring robust justice system, guaranteeing adequate and sustainable democracy in the country.
Ahmed made the call while declaring open a two-day Speakers’ Forum organized by Kwara State House of Assembly and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for speakers of all houses of assemblies in Nigeria on a model administration of Criminal Justice Act.
He called for urgent amendment of the Nigerian constitution to ensure stability of democracy.
In his address, the Speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, said the house has enacted the criminal justice act to address a lot of challenges confronting the nation in the arrear of inadequate criminal trials, delay in justice dispensation.
In his remarks, the representative of the United Nation Office on Drug and Crime, Christina Albertin, while noting that only four states which include Lagos, Anambra, Ondo and Ekiti have legislated the administration of criminal justice, said its administration would promote efficient management of criminal justice.
As reported by our correspondent, Olarotimi Oshin, the representative of the United Nation Office on Drug and Crime explained that the act is capable of ensuring speedy dispensation of justice, protecting the society from crime, protection of human right and interests of suspect, the defendant and the victims.