Administration of Criminal Justice Act rests on stakeholders – ACJMC

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Participants at the workshop

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) Federal has said that the responsibility for upholding and progressing the objectives of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act clearly rests on all criminal justice stakeholders, especially the ACJMC members.

The Executive Secretatary the committee, Mr Sulayman Dawodu, gave the verdict at a workshop for stakeholders on  implementing administration of criminal justice law in Bauchi on Thursday.

He said, “The importance of strategizing through synergy and sharing information, knowledge and skills cannot be over-emphasized if the objective must be achieved.

“The recognition of these cross-cutting challenges is the stimulus required to energize us to discharge our responsibilities dutifully and passionately.

“We are happy to confirm that Bauchi is the ninth state to implement the MacArthur Foundation supported project of strengthening ACJMC at state level.

“We are also delighted that Bauchi participated actively at the recently concluded National Conference of ACJMC/JSRT in Abuja where knowledge and experience were shared by delegates across the country.

“The various activities to be carried out under the project include technical and logistical support to various emerging ACIMC/JSRT across the country.”

He said that the project would also cover the provision of equipment to the emerging secretariats of states who have passed ACJL and inaugurated ACJMC.

In a remark, Mr Emmanuel Sublim, the  chief registrar of High Court, attributed the spate of insecurity in the country as a result of the poor administration of Criminal Justice law in the country.

“Having gone through the law that is already in place, we discovered that there are many aspects of the law that are not applicable to Bauchi State.

“This workshop is meant to discuss the draft, so that if it is agreed by stakeholders that the draft is okay, then, it will be forwarded to the state house of assembly for consideration,” he said.

Our correspondent gathered that the stakeholders at the workshop include Grand Khadi, Ministry Of justice, Judges of High and Sharia courts , Magistrates, Police, Correctional Service among others.

 

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