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Centre advocates adoption, implementation of ACJL in states

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By Ahmed Ahmed

The Law Hub Development and Advocacy Centre  has called on states across the country to adopt and implement the Administration of Criminal Justice 2015 (ACJL) into law.

Mr Osita Chukwuma, Executive  Director of Center made the call at the ACJLs  implementation assessment and training workshop of criminal justice stakeholders with the support of MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday in Bauchi.

He said that the project focuses on Popularizing and Disseminating the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of States and continuously updating the Laws to Reflect Amendments.

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“Law Hub successfully implemented the first phase of this project in six states namely; Nasarawa, Kano, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Enugu and Adamawa.

“This project intends to achieve this objective by assessing the needs of individual states and providing technical and logistical support to the criminal justice sectors of the various states we have earmarked to support across the country,” he said

Chukwuma, represented by Mr Joshua Dada from the Centre, said that the centre consistently advocates for the imperative need for all states in Nigeria to adopt and adapt the ACJA 2015 to suit their peculiarities.

“We are particularly excited that Bauchi State has not been left out of this but has done the needful by adopting the ACJA 2015 and passing it into law.

“We also advocate that states should ensure the full implementation of all the provisions contained in the ACJL, especially those provisions targeted at reforms.

“We also urge all the stakeholders to deliberately and consistently make use of the Practice Direction made pursuant to the ACJL as this would greatly improve the prospects of implementing the law,” he said.

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