By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA — Attorneys-General of all the 36 states of the Federation, yesterday, converged on Abuja to cross fertilise ideas on how to improve justice administration in the country.
According to a statement, yesterday, deliberations at the meeting cented on certain Bills the body of AG’s deemed sensitive to the justice sector, among which were the proposed Almajiri Schools Bill, Freedom of Information Act, and the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011.
In his address at the event, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, regretted that it was the first time the body had met since he assumed office, a situation he blamed on the exigencies of his office.
While tasking the 36 state AGs to give maximum support to the justice reform programmes of President Goodluck Jonathan, the AGF noted: “It is time to walk the talk. Our task is to come up with tangible reform benefits in the form of draft legislation, guidelines and recommendations.”
Speaking on the security challenges by Nigeria, Adoke said it was sad that some armed groups had decided to wage war against their fatherland.
He noted: “These groups have occasionally unleashed violence leading to loss of lives and property in different parts of the country. These flashpoints which have continued to increase across the country have grave implications for development and the livelihood of the affected populations.
“This was the rationale behind the recent proclamation of the state of emergency in some 15 local government areas in the federation by President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Meantime, Vanguard equally gathered that a draft prosecuting guideline, proposed by the Federal Ministry of Justice, was also considered by the body of AGs, yesterday.