EFCC, ICPC at Enugu state working group, say ACJA helping in quick dispensation of cases, prison decongestion

The Enugu State Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA-2015) working group has made a commitment to work with stakeholders for effective implementation of ACJA-2015 and Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL-2017) of Enugu state.

The group says Enugu state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, the state police command, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offenses Commission-ICPC, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC, are among the major stakeholders they will be engaging.

Part of the stakeholder’s engagement will focus on the compliance of both the Criminal Justice Act for the Federation and the Criminal Justice Law for the state. They seek to identify challenges associated with both legislation and find ways of addressing them.

The working group is made up of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission-ICPC, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC, Nigeria Bar Association-NBA, National Youth Service Corp-NYSC, International Federation of Women Lawyers-FIDA, and other stakeholders.

In the bi-monthly meeting held on Wednesday, at the Women Information Network (WINET) conference room in Enugu, Mr. Innocent Mbachie, who represents the EFCC at the state working group shared how the anti-graft agency, is using the plea bargain provided in the ACJL and ACJA to speed up trials and decongest prisons.

Mr. Amedu Sule, the ICPC South East Zonal head, also pointed out that both legislations are fundamental because they have provisions for speedy trial of criminal cases and enhancement of the judicial process in Nigeria.

Miriam Menkiti, WINET Executive Director, at the meeting, told the state working group members that the project is supported by MacArthur Foundation with CLEEN Foundation as the principal implementing organization.  

She pointed out that the state working group seeks to achieve accountability and transparency in the judicial system through the implementation of ACJA-2015 and ACJL-2017.

However, participants at the meeting identified challenges impeding ACJA and ACJL implementation to include lack of vehicles to convey suspects to courts, bribery and corruption within the prison system, the police and judiciary.

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