FG Revitalizes Efficient Administration of Criminal Justice System

The Federal Government has called on all components of the criminal justice line to ensure efficient administration of the criminal justice in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote made the call at a two-day sensitization workshop /training on the administration of criminal justice system in Nigeria organized by the Ministry for its staff and stakeholders.

The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director Human Resources Management Alhaji Ibrahim Ajibola said that the Administration of Criminal Justices System is the merging of the major provisions of the two principal criminal justices legislation in Nigeria which are the Criminal Procedure Act and Criminal Procedure Code .It preserved the existing criminal procedures while introducing new provisions that will enhance the efficiency of the justice system and help fill the gaps observed in these laws over the course of several decades.

Speaking further, Odusote described the law as the much awaited revolution in the criminal justice arena as the criminal justice system existing before the coming into force of this law has lost its capacity to respond quickly to the needs of the society, check the rising waves of crime, speedily bring criminals to book and protect the victims of crime.

In her words “Every of the five components (the law, the community, law enforcement agencies, the court system and corrections) on the criminal justice line is important ,interrelated and indispensable; that is why efficient criminal justice system across the world created linked and reinforcing structures”

Odusote then enjoined participants to seize the opportunity of the workshop to improve on their knowledge and application of criminal justice system in Nigeria.

Earlier in her remarks the Director Legal Service, Mrs. Ijeoma Ndukwe said that the importance of legislation in our society cannot be over emphasized since written laws govern the populace from birth, life and death noting that criminal justice system seeks to enforce the criminal law of the country that are usually divided in three categories, Federal, Military and State.

She however welcomed all participants and recommended regular workshops of its kind for members of the legal profession and other professions who would like to have an insight to the legal profession by listening to objective statements of the principles and rules governing the practice of advocacy and prosecution in our courts.

Mrs. Iliya Rhoda Ishaku

Assistant Director (Press)