By Kayode Adeoti
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Kwara State, Kamaldeen Ajibade SAN, as well as the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Sulyman Durosinloun Kawu have revealed how the enactment of Administration of Criminal Justice Law impacted positively on the state legal system.
The duo disclosed this while delivering speeches at a one-day training workshop on the twin topics; “Arrest of Arraignment; Innovations from administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kwara State and how to implement same and Trial to sentencing; analysis of innovations introduced by the administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kwara State and how to see its actualisation”.
On his part, the Attorney General lauded the efforts of the Nigerian Police, Prisons Service Legal aid council among others for ensuring the smooth implementation of the administration of Criminal Justice in the state.
Ajibade also commended CJ, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad and members of the bench saying they contributed immensely to his success as the helmsman of the Ministry of Justice.
He added that his administration has been able to reform the legal system from the obsolete through administration of Criminal Justice in the areas of crime prevention, commission, detention, investigation, prosecution and sanction.
“The law has been so designed to bring on board laudable innovations which accord with modern Trend and to take care of many procedural pitfalls in the criminal procedure code law, Cap. C23 Law of Kwara State which was replaced by section 488 of the new Kwara State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2018.
“I can with all modesty say ministry of justice, since I took charge has made giant stride in the entire justice sector of the state. We have endeavoured to increase the number of the functional departments in the Ministry especially with the creation of revenue department which attends to revenue and tax cases.
“We also conceived and executed the idea of creation of a special court for revenue matters… The ministry during my stint has increased manpower and qualitative hands with the employment of more personnel, state counsel, from 58 to 101,” AG stressed.
The silk also stated that his administration has been able to ensure that no fewer than 5 bills including secret cult and secret society (Prohibition) Law, 2016, security trust fund law, 2012 among others.
The CJ, also commended the effort of the House of Assembly, Ministry of Justice, the judiciary and the stakeholders for making the ACJL to work in the state.