HOUSE of Representatives has urged the federal government to immediately constitute the administration of criminal justice monitoring committee for quick dispensation of justice. The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Albert Adeogun on the floor of the House. In his lead debate, Adeogun expressed concern that failure to constitute the monitoring committee had led to laxity in dispensation of justice, abuse of some provisions of the act and lack of direction by judicial officers in dispensing justice. He explained that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 was enacted to fast track the process of criminal justice in Nigeria, adding that Section(1) sub Section (2) enjoined the implementation of the act. According to him, “Some of the provision that made the act are in conflict with the constitution, particularly Section 35”. “It is therefore necessary that since the act provide that there should be a monitoring committee to supervise the implementation of this act, I am therefore urging the federal government to constitute the committee.” Hon. Gabriel Onyeweife (APGA, Anambra) explained that the intent was to facilitate, make it more proactive and prone on the spot rather than wasting more time on criminal matters, noting that the motion was a wakeup call for the actualisation of the act. The motion was further adopted by the House and referred to the Committee on Justice for further legislative input, with four weeks to report back to the House.
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