Jigawa passes criminal justice bill to replace 50-year-old code

The Jigawa state House of Assembly has passed the Administration of Criminal Justice bill into law following the adoption of a report by the house’s ad-hoc committee on justice and judiciary.

Presenting the report, chairman of the committee Barrister Bala Hamza Gada explained that the administration of criminal justice bill will replace the criminal procedure code which has been in existence for over 50 years.

He said the amended law has come up with innovations which include granting of bail to women while parents or relatives will not be arrested because of an offence committed their son or daughter.

Gada added that the law will ensure justice and fairness to suspects.

Contributing to the debate, member representing Hadejia constituency, Barrister Abubakar Sadiq, described the law as a welcome development as most of the provisions of the criminal procedure were inherited from pre-independence.

The chairman of the National Association of Magistrates Jigawa state chapter, Magistrate Lamin Usman, had blamed state legislatures for delaying the passage of the criminal justice law across states of the federation.

Noting that the law has been passed at the federal level, Usman lamented that some states were yet to pass same into law.

He noted that the bill when passed into law in all states of the federation, will correct some of the mistakes taking place in the nation’s courts.

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