By: HABU MAISHANU, Dutse
Delay in disposing of criminal cases, dearth of capacity on the part of stakeholders, allegation of torture of suspects at police stations among other challenges have been described as bane to the successful implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Act in the country’s judicial system.
This was part of observation raised by members of the Jigawa State Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association during a One-Day State Legislative Advocacy and Sensitization Workshop on Domestication and Implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
Barrister Baffa Alhassan is the Jigawa State chairman of the (NBA), in his remarks at the occasion, expressed readiness of their association to join other states in the federation for the implementation of Criminal Justice Act, stressing that if implemented, it will help in addressing some of the problems experienced in the application of the act.
He explained that, the administration of criminal justice in Jigawa grapples with several challenges such as allegation of of torture at Police stations, dearth of capacity on the part of some of the critical stakeholders also non mainstreaming of gender into criminal justice administration.
Alhassan further stated that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 attempts to responds to the challenges and ensure that, the system in Jigawa promote efficient management of criminal justice institutions, hence, speedy dispensation of justice, projection of society from crime and projection of the rights and interests of the suspect.
Also speaking, Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar represented by Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Sani Garin Gabas, (SAN) stated that the Criminal Justice Act Bill will soon be assented into law for fully implementation, adding administration of justice can only be successful with the full cooperation of stakeholders commitment.
He urged the security personnel, and para-military to help in the expedition and dispensation of justice. Also advise judges to be pro-active in their duties for speedy dispensation of justice in decongestion of prisons.
Murtala Abdul – Rasheed is the project co-ordinator, NBA Mac Arthur foundation project at the state legislative advocacy and sensitization workshop, said that, each state is required to adopt the implementation of Criminal Justice Act for its unique importance., adding “Jigawa need to join the league of other eleven states, the state has all it takes to lead in the promulgation of laws that will promote access to justice.
“The NBA-Mac Aurthur project will Intensify its efforts on advocacy, training and re-training of judicial officers, lawyers and other stakeholders in the state.
Professor Abdulmumini Bala Ahmed of Faculty of Law Bayero University, Kano. Stated that, Jigawa should not be left behind, many states have embraced the system because of the realization that effective criminal justice system is fundamental to democratic governance and the rule of law.
He further explained that, the implementation will eliminates delays in disposing of criminal cases and improve the efficiency of criminal justice administration in the state.
He added that, the Act aims to promote speedy dispensation of justice, protect the society from crime and rights and Interest of the defendant and of the victim.