Nigeria’s Oyo State pass Criminal Justice Bill

November 3, 2016 OPINION/NEWS


Prince Adetunji Fabode

The Oyo State House of Assembly has approved the extension of tenure of 33 local government caretaker committee chairmen in the state for two months.

Reading the letter sent by Governor Abiola Ajimobi requesting the extension at the plenary today, the House Speaker, Right Honourable Michael Adeyemo, said the approval became necessary following the expiration of the council bosses’ tenure of office.

This is the second time the council chiefs would have their tenure extended.

Similarly, the governor also sent a letter to the parliament requesting an approval for five additional special advisers which was approved by the House.

Meanwhile the House has passed into law the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2016.

It was passed following the submission of its report by the House Chairman on Justice and Judiciary, Barrister Solomon Akande.

Speaking on the passed bill, Speaker Adeyemo stressed that the law would address the lacuna in the criminal justice system in the state.

The speaker pointed out that it would take care of compensation for victims of injustice, saying there will be no more indiscriminate arrests without a purpose.

The bill, which contains 481 sections, was sponsored by Honourable Micheal Adeyemo, Honourable Abdulwasi Musah, Honourable Solomon Akande and Honourable Muideen Olagunju.

Also speaking on the bill, Barrister Akande said it would ensure a speedy and efficient administration of criminal justice in the state.

“It is corrective and reformative. It is a new criminal law, a total departure from the criminal law that had been in existence in 1954.

With the new criminal law, it is a must for a lawyer to be by the side of the arrested person before a statement is taken.”

“The victim can be compensated even while he is sentenced, as well as a non-custodial punishment in which the arrested person will just be reporting to a particular place to carry out his or her community service.”

“There will be a workshop, an enlightenment campaign about the law. It contains a parole where the defendant is serving a sentence, where it is established that the person has improved in character, another application can be made for the person such that the remaining part of the sentence can be suspended, upon a condition that he or she will not commit an offence again. When the person commits another offence, that parole will be suspended,” Akande said.









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Prince Adetunji Fabode is a Freelance Journalist at Onaara TODAY news


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