As EFCC, ICPC shun summit on justice sector reform
By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA— The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, said there was need for a holistic reform of the justice system in Nigeria, decrying that “criminals have become smarter with technology.”
Saraki, who stated this in a keynote address presented at a one-day National Summit on Justice, in Abuja, insisted that effective justice delivery was central to the nation’s economic growth, development and socio-economic well-being of Nigerians.
According to him, “investors will only put their money in a place where there is a functional judicial system and where every citizen is governed in equal measures by the rule of law.”
While applauding the Federal Government for introducing a new national policy on justice that was adopted at the summit, Saraki said the Senate was working assiduously to ensure that institutions responsible for reducing crime were strengthened for quick dispensation of justice.
He said: “Justice is about keeping our people safe, tackling harm, rehabilitating, supporting victims and administering the rule of law. Therefore, the need for a national policy on justice is a welcome development.”
EFCC, ICPC shun summit
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who was the Chief Host and the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was the Special guest of honour, were absent at the event where the new National Policy on Justice was officially adopted and handed over to the CJN and Chief Judges of various states of the federation.
Whereas the AGF, who was said to have travelled out of the country, was represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun, the Acting President was not represented.
Similarly, heads of key anti-graft agencies in the country, including the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Code of Conduct Bureau, also shunned the Summit.