By Victor Young
Abuja—The Federal Government weekend called on all stakeholders in the criminal justice system in the country to ensure efficient administration of the criminal justice in Nigeria.
Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote spoke, in Abuja, at a two-day sensitisation 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 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 preserves 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.”
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 had 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.
“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”.
Earlier, the Director Legal Service, Mrs. Ijeoma Ndukwe, said the importance of legislation in the society could not be over emphasised since written laws govern the populace from birth, life and death, noting that criminal justice system sought 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 courts.