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Saraki, Onnoghen Seek National Policy on Nigeria’s Justice System

The Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter Onnoghen on Thursday said Nigeria needed a national policy on justice which would guide justice delivery in the country.

Saraki said one of the steps taken by the Senate to ensure quick dispensation of justice was the passage of four bills, to strengthen the war against corruption.

The Senate President and the CJN made this submission at the National Summit on Justice in Abuja which was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Saraki said, “There is a unanimous agreement that the administration of justice in Nigeria urgently craves for serious reforms in order to match the challenges. Criminals have become smarter with technology and there is an upsurge in terrorism and crimes. It is my belief that in order to restore confidence in our justice system, judicial reforms need to be institutionalised.

“The Senate is committed to working with justice partners to make the justice system simpler and faster. We have ensured that in our ongoing constitutional amendments, submissions from the judiciary to strengthen the justice system were considered. The Senate will ensure that institutions are strengthened for quick dispensation of justice.

“As of date, we have passed a number of bills which are important to strengthening the war against corruption. We will also be considering and passing into law, the Proceeds of Crime Bill.”

On his part, Onnoghen, said, “There is the need to streamline the rules of procedure in the courts in an effort to reduce delays in the disposal of justice. It is hoped that a national policy on justice will build a consensus among justice institutions and practitioners and address the challenges facing the justice delivery system in the country.”

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said various stakeholders had been deliberating on the policy since Tuesday, noting that its inauguration would strengthen the justice system.

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja
The Punch News

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