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Criminal Justice: ACJMC urges FG to employ more court prosecutors

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) has called on the Federal Government to employ more prosecutors in courts to facilitate the administration of criminal justice in the country.

The Committee made this call on Friday during a capacity building Training workshop on Data and Financial Management of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2105, which is supported by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme.

The Committee lamented that there is a big deficit in the number of prosecutors in Courts adding that the current prosecutors are already overwhelmed and overburdened with activities.

This, according to the ACJMC, has delayed a lot of court cases and made courts inefficient in administering criminal justice.

The committee stressed the need to employ more prosecutors since only lawyers are allowed to prosecute under the ACJA.

The committee again stressed the need for the Federal Government to fund the ACJMC and the police to enable the committee effectively monitor the implementation of the ACJA and for the police to establish a Central Criminal Record (CCR), which according to the committee has delayed access to justice.

Speaking at the end of the workshop, Mr. Oludotun Babayemi, a consultant to RoLAC said the essence of the training was to present to the committee the two templates that has been developed by RoLAC, which include the justice sector reporting template in administration of criminal justice and the annual reporting for validation.

Babayemi explained that the templates were developed to create evidence that the ACJA that instituted the committee is actually making justice to be speedy especially in the FCT.

He added, “this template will also facilitate that relationship among agencies tht are within the system, the templates facilitates easy way to collect data from all the justice sector agencies that are involved in the Justice system.”

He informed that the templates will be submitted to the Attorney  General of the Federation (AGF).

Also speaking, Ms. Ogechi Ogu, Deputy Director of the Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) and a committee member, noted that the capacity training is apt as it will enable the monitors look into the issues that has made the efforts in the programme implementation not to yield any fruit.

Ogu also urged the AGF to back up efforts and movement that are being made already in place to ensure the Decriminalization of petty offences and the implementation of non-custodial measures, with the pilot in the FCT.

“With the support of the AGF, much progress will be made in that direction, “she said.

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