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SENATE : Bill To Amend ACJA 2015 Scales 2nd Reading

A bill to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 to make it more effective and humane scales through second reading in the Senate on Wednesday.

This followed the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of the bill by the sponsor, Sen. Orji Uzo Kalu during plenary.

The bill is entitled, ‘Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (Amendment) bill, 2020′.

Leading the debate, Kalu who is the Chief Whip of the Senate said the bill was read for the first time on June 30, 2020.

Kalu said the bill was aimed at creating a criminal justice administration legislation that was both more effective and humane.

He noted that this was the first time attempt to amend the law since it was enacted in 2015.

He said the bill would further avert some loggerheads between the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and the Constitution in the country.

The lawmaker named some recommendations in the bill to include: “That Section 8 (4) of the Principal Act which provides; that arraignment and trial of a suspect for a crime shall be in accordance with the provision of this Act unless otherwise stated in this Act be amended.

Contributing to the debate senator Gabriel Suswam representing Benue North East said that the act has to be amended because some of its provisions had become obsolete.

“There are a lot of mistakes in the Act and people have been unjustly convicted because of the mistakes, but because they have not been challenged up
to the Supreme Court”

In a remark ,
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human rights and legal matters to report back within four weeks.

By James itodo….

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