As a way of building public confidence in the nation’s criminal justice system, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday called on stakeholders in the judiciary to strive towards speedy dispensation of criminal cases in the country.
The Vice President said that, it is with the view to avoiding unnecessary delay in the trial of criminal and corruption cases that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act
(ACJA), 2015 was passed into law and urged players in the judiciary to always follow the rules of the court in the handling of criminal matters to avoid delay.
The Vice President, who was represented by Prof Bolaji Owasanoye of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) stated this in a keynote address at a symposium on, “Speeding Up Criminal Litigation in Nigeria,” organised by the Initiative for Socio-Cultural Fairness and Equity, in collaboration with the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) held in Abuja yesterday.
According to Osinbajo, ACJA 2015 was designed to check delay in criminal trials, adding that the underlying principle of case management is justice, by ensuring that those who are guilty are sent to jail and those found to be innocent are freed on time.