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Malami, IGP agree to implement Criminal Justice Act

The ACJA executives

Photo: Ifeoma Nwovu

The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, and the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Akali Baba, have expressed total commitment to the effective implementation of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, in the country.

They stated this at a Workshop on Implementation of Administration of Criminal Justices Act, (ACJA) 2015 for Police In North Central Zone, in Abuja.

Mr Malami said the Federal Ministry of Justice, as a leading stakeholder in the administration of justice, would continue to support stakeholders to ensure that the reformation of the justice sector align with the International best practice.

Represented by the Director of Public Prosecution in the Ministry, Mr Mohammad Baba-Doko, the AGF said the essential elements of the ACJA 2015 remained the abolition of stay of proceedings; effective case management by trial courts; witness protection and sentencing guidelines.

The recent criminal justice bill passed by the senate according to the AGF has added some new innovations such as the establishment of a sex offender registry in the federal capital Territory.

The IGP, represented by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Legal Department, David Igbodo (rtd) said the police was dedicated to ensuring the reformation of the criminal justices sector.

The Executive ACJA, Mr Biodun Aikomo disclosed that ACJA had dealt with a lot of identified challenges in the Justice sector, urged the police to maintain cohesion in the society.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Adeniyi Bakare