Niger CJ applauds effort of MacArthur Foundation, NBA towards domesticating  ACJA

By Naseer Sirajadeen, Minna://

The Acting Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik has applauded the MacArthur foundation and the national Secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA for their commitments  toward domestication and implementation of Administration of criminal Justice Act.  

In her remark at a stakeholders forum in Minna, the Niger state capital, Justice Halima stated that domestication of administration of Criminal Justice act 2015, ACJA, will assist in ensuring speedy dispensation of Justice in the state   

Halima reiterated that the passage of the administration of criminal Justice act, will among others address the delay in the administration of criminal Justice, decongest cases in courts and checkmate corruption in the Judiciary.  

She called on the Niger State House of Assembly to hasten up in ensuring the speedy passage of the act, adding that Niger state is among the few states yet to domesticate the ACJA.  

Speaking earlier, the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Minna branch, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar El-Surur, observed that most of the laws in Niger State were obsolete and called for speedy domestication of the act for quick dispensation of criminal Justice in Niger State.  

He stated that no society can survive on obsolete law, urging the state House of Assembly to as a matter of urgency ensure speedy passage of the act.  

Also speaking the chairman, House Committee on Judiciary in the Niger State House of Assembly. Hon. Ahmed Bello Agwara assured that the state assembly is committed to ensure the speedy passage of the ACJA act in the state.  

He disclosed that the ACJA bill has passed the second reading and already at committee level, saying that the house committee on Judiciary will soon call all stakeholders for public hearing for onward passage of the act.  

In his remarks at the forum, the Dean faculty of law, University of  Jos,  Prof. Alphonsus Alubo,(SAN) observed that the passage of Administration of criminal Justice act, ACJA will assist in bringing succour to the criminal Justice system in Niger State and the nation judiciary system.  

Prof. Alubo expressed concerned over the increasing proportion of inmates on awaiting trial across the correctional facilities in the country, describing the trends as unhealthy to the criminal Justice system in the country.  

He insisted that the ACJA act if domesticated in the nation’s legal system will go a long way to ensuring speedy dispensation of  Justice “in our courts and reducing cases in courts”  

Prof.Aluba also suggested that the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner Of Justice in the country should take over the prosecution of cases in the lower courts of competent jurisdiction than allowing police to prosecute cases.
   
He said, “if police must prosecute in court, the police must have to be a lawyer.” 

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