The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, are ready to start the nationwide deployment of facilities for the initiation of virtual court proceedings in Nigerian correctional facilities.
AGF’s Special Assistant for Public and Media Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, revealed this in a statement issued to journalists on Friday.
“The Honorable Minister of the Interior is expected on the occasion; Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service; Halilu Nababa, as well as members of the Presidential Correctional Reform and Relief Committee.
“The Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Relief, Leticia Ayoola-Daniels in collaboration with the representative of the support organization; Ms. Oyinye Ndubuisi of UNDP is working assiduously to ensure the achievement of the laudable project, ”the statement said.
According to Mr. Gwandu, the initiative is one of the AGF office’s strategic interventions to generate lasting reforms in the country’s Criminal Justice Sector.
He said the intervention is part of the development of the Consolidated Sentencing Practice Guidelines (Custody and Non-Custody), 2020.
“The Ministry, in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Correction Reforms and Relief, expedited the engagement with the Nigerian Correctional Centers to make it possible for the evidence of suspects in custody to be taken without their physical presence in court to avoid disruptions,” added the statement.
Gwandu further noted that the development is part of the process to implement the Post-COVID-19 Justice Sector Plan organized by the AGF office in April 2020.
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