The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, who brought the case to the congregation yesterday, also moved to remove the correctional centers from the exclusive legislative list of the Constitution to be included in the Constitution at the same time List.
The duo spoke in Abuja at a one-day round table on reforming the criminal justice system in Nigeria. The event was organized by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) led by Prof. Abubakar Suleiman.
Gbajabiamila said in his remarks read by a member of the House of Representatives, Uzuwagbo Ugonna: “The Scope of the Nigerian criminal justice system, starting with the police, the courts, the correctional service, our criminal laws and codes, including the human staff who administer our criminal justice institutions, requires reforms.
“As legislators, we are not going against it be to amend the Constitution to remove the establishment and management of correctional centers from the list of exclusive legislation and to add them to the list of concurrent laws. I believe this will speed up and relieve our federal penal institutions and enable willing states to provide better penal institutions with better living conditions for their people. “
Regarding the autonomy of the state judiciary, Gbajabiamila said:” The autonomy advocated by our judicial officials across the country should be granted immediately to promote justice without favor. We should consider creating special criminal courts. “
Lawan, represented by Solomon Olamilekan, said,” No society can grow without a productive criminal justice system, given the added role the sector plays in maintaining order and promoting peace. ” / p>
“As uncertainty grows, we must be ready to strengthen the judicial system and be brave enough to ensure that criminals are properly prosecuted. This is intended to deter others, reduce misconduct, promote peace, and promote growth and development, ”he stressed.
The Director General of NILDS, Suleiman, called for the separation of the Ministry of Justice from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation. He said this would make it easy to prosecute corruption and restore public confidence in the administration of justice.