The Chief Judge of Katsina State, Justice Musa Danladi says, the state has reviewed and domesticated its administration of criminal justice, as he lamented that the country, is battling with an archaic judicial system, despite the geometrical rise in criminal cases across the nation.
Danladi while speaking exclusively to AIT News said, the state government has also inaugurated a committee, comprising stakeholders in the justice sector, civil society and human rights organisations, to monitor and review all outstanding criminal cases, for speedy justice delivery in the state.
Justice Musa Danladi explained that criminal cases are increasing daily in the country geometrically, but the Nigerian judicial institutions and correctional centres remained the same across the country.
He said though the present administration inherited an archaic judicial system, they have tried to develop the culture of democracy, rule of law and citizens’ rights.
According to him, the rate of crime in the country is high, “if you record 2,000 cases in January, in February you will record 4,000 cases, and in March it will jump to between 5,000 to 6,000 cases, hence, the rise in crime is geometrical, but the institutions or facilities in the country have remained the same”
Danladi added that to tackle the problem, the state government has reviewed its 2019 Administration of Criminal Justice Law, to ensure speedy dispensation of justice, and avert the security challenges bedevilling the state.
According to him, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act has been domesticated since 2018 and was put to use in 2019.
He said after operating the law in the state for about two years, they discovered some loopholes, prompting them to propose and send it to the government.
He added that the government after receiving it from them sent it to the State House of Assembly.
The Chief Judge further said the state government has also inaugurated a committee, comprising stakeholders in the justice sector, civil society and human rights organisations to monitor and review all outstanding criminal cases, for speedy justice delivery in the state.
(Editor: Nkoli Omhoudu)