The Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nasarawa State Branch Chairman, His worship Abdullahi Hassan Shams Shama, other Magistrates had an interactive seminar with Controller of Nigerian Correctional Service ( Formerly Nigeria Prison Service), Mr E. E. Okoro and his lieutenants from other correctional centres in the state.
The centres comprise Lafia, Wamba, keffi, Nasarawa, Toto and Umaisha.
The interactive session was held at the Command Conference hall, Jos Road, Lafia, on the 11th October ,2019.
In his welcome address, the Controller reminded participants that the seminar was a follow-up of an earlier courtesy visit where it was felt that there is need for collaboration with Magistrates in the state towards enhancing the administration of criminal justice.
The interactive session was held at the Command Conference Hall, Jos Road, Lafia, on the 11th October, 2019.
On the change of name from Nigeria Prison Service to Correctional Service: That their task is now widened towards reforming Inmates.
Furthermore, on the computation of serving sentences in the correctional centres, wherein the Act allows for remission of term e. g. where a convict is sentenced to one year imprisonment. In computation of serving the terms, will spend eight (8) calendar months instead.
Also, where an inmate served a period in lieu of fine same is calculated in reduction.
The MAN Nasarawa Branch Chairman, Shams Shama expressed appreciation to the officers and made an observation on the current laudable concept of assigning correctional officers to various courts to convey inmates.
However, he prayed for the presence of correctional officers in more courts in order to fast track the transportation of remanded suspects to and from trials.
While commmending the Controller for making it possible to organise the seminar- one of its kind – Mr. Shama believes it will go a long way to promote better understanding between the two complimentary bodies.
Concluding, Mr. Shama stated that more hands must be on deck in line with the letters and spirit of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Nasarawa state 2018.
The seminar was elaborate and well attended.