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Police Backs CSOs On ACJL Implementation In Sokoto

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Police Backs CSOs On ACJL Implementation In Sokoto

BY ANKELI EMMANUEL,Sokoto

The Sokoto State Police Command led by it’s Commissioner, CP Ali Hayatu Kaigama has noted that they are equally in support of the Administration of Criminal Justice law (ACJL). 

This according to the CP is simply anchored on the fact that the ACJL is built on the ideals of respect for human dignity, not minding who is involved. 

Speaking when Sokoto State CSOs Observatory Forum on Implementation of ACJL paid him a courtesy visit at the Command Headquarters, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ali Kaigama also divulged that they are in support of speedy but accurate dispensation of justice too. 

He however gave some of the reasons for delay in the whole process to involve but not limited to investigations, witnesses and even prosecution at the Court. 

Continuing, the CP said, “Even keeping, feeding and maintaining suspects are things we also frowned at. But sometimes a case will come and the complainant, witnesses and parties in the case will disappear into thin air, hence causing unnecessary and unintended delay” 

To the Sokoto State CSOs Observatory Forum on Implementation of ACJL, the CP said, “‘I appreciate your coming and initiative as well. We are always willing to support you towards achieving the desired results. We are fighting thesame cause. 

“‘We don’t look at you as rivals but friends and partners in progress and in the business of making Nigeria great. However, I am appealing to you CSOs and every other person to always ensure that you confirm facts of matters before speaking out””.

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Speaking earlier, Sokoto State Coordinator of CSOs Observatory Forum on ACJL Implementation, Dr Auwal Ahmed Musa reminded the the Commissioner of Police that the ACJL was signed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2015, adding Sokoto State Government domesticated and signed it in March 2019. 

Dr Auwal however added that, the implementation in the State has not been as commendable as expected which was why the CLEEN Foundation with support from Ford Foundation engages Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) to advocate for full implantation of the law. 

Continuing, Dr Auwal divulged that the ACJL is geared towards strengthening institutions, allows for speedy dispensation of justice and ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of defendants, witnesses and complainants . 

“”The aim is to allow for respect for all parties involved in the system. This will in turn lead to respect for human dignity and guarantee better society where respect for the rights of all is held in high esteem””. Dr Auwal enthused.    

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