The Rule of Law Development Foundation chaired by the former NBA President, J.B. Daudu, SAN, opened curtains for its 4th Annual Criminal Law Review Conference themed: “Updates and Developments in the last 12 months on the Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria.” The conference is scheduled to commence Monday, 22nd November to 26th November, 2021.
One of Nigeria’s renowned Senior Advocates and Principal Partner, J-K Gadzama LLP, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, who was at the opening session of the conference, delivered a goodwill message (Click here), wherein he lauded the organisers and considered the event timeous considering the doling out of the Lagos State, Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) and the proposed amendments of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
The learned Silk, Gadzama SAN pointed out the various welcomed innovations in the newly promulgated ACJL which ranges from rights of suspects, prohibition of suspect parade in the media, compensation of victim, authority of Chief Magistrate to visit Police station, measures for victims and witnesses protection, adoption of audio and video conferencing for criminal proceedings and formation Lagos State Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee.
Gadzama, SAN with respect to the review session on the proposed amendments to the ACJA epitomised major concerns not to be ignored which are: mandatory recording of confessional statements, investigation before arrest, grant of remand order by lesser division of court to avoid High Court from being overburdened, continuity of partly-heard matters by a new Judge, provision of funds to court for witness expenses, filing of defendant’s statement and abolition of trial-within-trial.
Virtually present at the event was the Governor of Sokoto State, His Excellency, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who delivered the keynote speech and declared the conference open. President of the NBA, Olumide Akpata was ably represented by Monday Adjeh, NBA Bwari branch Chairman who commended the initiative.