Poor fund­ing slows crim­i­nal jus­tice act – Stake­hold­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

Poor fund­ing by govern­ment and donor agen­cies is hin­der­ing ef­fi­cient im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act (ACJA) 2015, nu­mer­ous stake­hold­ers said.

Speak­ing at a Stake­hold­ers Sum­mit on the ACJA or­gan­ised by the CLEEN Foun­da­tion yes­ter­day in Abuja, it was re­vealed that the Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee of the Act had re­ceived ‘zero’ bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion since its in­cep­tion in 2015.

Sec­re­tary to the com­mit­tee, Okoi Obono-Obla said none of the key man­dates of the com­mit­tee has been im­ple­mented due to lack of funds.

Also speak­ing on the poor fund­ing, the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in charge of le­gal depart­ment, David Ig­bodo said the po­lice re­quired funds to im­ple­ment pro­vi­sions of the ACJA with regards to lo­gis­tics and data cap­tur­ing.

“We need less talk and more ac­tion on this act. The po­lice is re­quired to cap­ture data of all per­sons ar­rested, this is a fan­tas­tic pro­vi­sion but how do we im­ple­ment it, the po­lice presently has no means of iden­ti­fy­ing per­sons ar­rested,” he said.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Pro­fes­sor Akin­s­eye Ge­orge said the act is al­ready mak­ing pos­i­tive im­pact in the ju­di­cial sys­tem say­ing sev­eral states are in the process of adopt­ing the act, with mod­i­fi­ca­tions to take care of their pe­cu­liar­i­ties.

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