By Jabuoma Omojevwe/Onoriode Etatsemi/Oghogho Emakporuena/Felix Evwihor/Salome Edeh
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to continue to place premium on the delivery of an effective justice system especially on the criminal and civil Justice spheres.
Gov. Okowa stated this during Stakeholders’ Summits on the Review of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2016.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Barr. Ovie Agas, said that the summit would provide enriching ideas in the review of the Delta State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2016 even as he noted that his administration would guide the draft of the Delta State Administration of Criminal Justice Bill for consideration by the House of Assembly and possible passage into law.
Senator Okowa disclosed that when he assented to the extant Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2016, the state became one of the first states of the federation to domesticate the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
Earlier, Attorney-General and Delta State Commissioner for Justice, Isaiah Bozimo Esq, said that the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) in 2017 was an affirmation that Deltans desired transformative change of the criminal justice system.
Bozimo, who recalled that on September 29, 2021 his ministry submitted memoranda from stakeholders in the criminal justice sector to evaluate their satisfaction with the provision of Administration of Criminal Justice Law?
While thanking the Honourable Chief Judge of the state and other key players in the judicial sector, the chairmen of the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigeria Police Force and officials of the Nigeria Correctional Services for their effective synergy with his ministry in one way or the other, Bozimo stated that his ministry undertook an extensive internal review to identify bottlenecks in prosecuting criminal trials.
The Attorney-General stated that the data from the Delta State High Court reviewed 124% increase in criminal charges filed in 2019(1085) compared with 2018(484) , adding that the ministry’s data showed that the Director of Public Prosecution sent 757 files for production in the zones in 2021.