Stakeholders seek reform of criminal justice system

JusticeKey stakeholders in the Nigerian Justice Sector have advocated the building of structures and capacity nationwide to ensure effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (ACJA) and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015 (VAPPA).

In an address at the opening of a two-day training workshop for the Police in Abuja, the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello, stressed the need to establish a monitoring committee that would oversee the implementation of the ACJA and VAPPA, adding that the passage of the Acts “stands out as a resounding leap forward for the reform of Nigeria’s criminal justice system, as it would foster reform and facilitate better ways of processing criminal trials.”

The two-day workshop was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the Nigeria Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) under the framework of the European Union funded project to support justice sector in Nigeria.

It was to train officers in charge of the legal section in all Police Commands in Nigeria, as well as Divisional Police Officers (DPO) from FCT, on the implementation of the ACJA and VAPPA in their commands and divisions.

In his address, Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, said the passage of the new laws places enormous responsibility on the Police and that the training programme would help officers to understand changes that have occurred in the Criminal Procedure Act and the Criminal Procedure Code and to act appropriately in carrying out their duties.

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