02 November 2020 by VICTORIA ABAH
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says the Consolidated Federal Capital Territory Courts Sentencing Guidelines and Practice will accelerate decongestion of Correctional Centres nationwide.
The Minister made the remark at the signing of the Consolidated Federal Capital Territory Courts Custodial and Non-Custodial Sentencing Practice Directions 2020.
He said the introduction was aimed at addressing the problem of congestion in correctional facilities in Nigeria.
Malami explained that following the inputs of stakeholders at the National virtual workshop in August, a Technical Working Committee developed a Draft FCT Courts Non-Custodial Sentence Practice Directions, 2020.
According to the Chief Judge of the High Court of the FCT, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Committee, Justice Ishaq Bello, the sentencing guideline is a milestone achievement in the FCT Judiciary.
He added that lack of sentencing guidelines in the past had led to misconception with the court often being accused of either being unduly lenient or imposing severe punishment after conviction, especially in cases of public interest.