The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, AGF, Mr Mohammed Adoke, SAN, on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the new criminal justice laws recently signed by President Goodluck Jonathan will enhance dispensation of justice in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Jonathan signed the Administration of Justice and the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Acts 2015 Acts into law on May 15.
Adoke, who stated this at the public presentation of the new Acts said the Acts were in fulfillment of the yearnings for a legislation to enhance the administration of justice in the country.
The AGF said: “The Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015 that will be publicly presented today is in fulfillment of the reform agenda and a befitting response to the yearnings of stakeholders in the justice sector.
“For a legislation that encapsulates all the ingredients that enhance the administration of justice and one that effectively criminalizes acts that have contributed to the negative image and perception of Nigerians all over the world.
“The enactment of this legislation is, therefore, an attempt to bring Nigeria in tandem with global best practices and modern trends in the justice sector.’’
The Minister also disclosed that a lot of progress had been made in the implementation of the reform agenda of the outgoing administration in the justice sector.
He said Nigeria had reformed and improved on her international cooperation mechanism, by offering timely response to request for mutual legal assistance and extradition through the establishment of the central authority unit in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
According to him, the creation of the Freedom of Information Unit has contributed immensely to capacity building efforts within the ministry and the empowerment of MDAs to effectively respond to the request for information.
Justice Ishaq Bello, the Acting Chief Judge of the FCT, in his remark, said that effective implementation of the both Acts would ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
He expressed the hope that the full implementation of the Acts would also ensure that witnesses would always be adequately protected, while adequate compensation for victims would protect the society against crimes.
He added that the Acts would further ensure that more lawyers were engaged because the new laws eradicate the prosecution of cases by policemen who are not lawyers.