Human Rights

Sokoto adopts Administration of Criminal Justice Act

The Sokoto State Government in North west Nigeria says it has adopted the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA initiated by the Nigerian Government as part of effort to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal said this at the sensitisation workshop on the Implementations of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2019 for the North West Geo-Political Zone.

Mr. Tambuawal stated that the state domesticated the Act with some modification, to capture some peculiarities.

”It is called Sokoto State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, AJCL, 2019 signed into law on the May 28, 2019” he said.

The Governor added that the criminal justice system hitherto lost its capacity to respond to the wishes of the people to check the escalating waves of crime promptly hence, commended the Nigerian government for given birth to ACJA in order to bring offenders to justice and care for the victims of crime.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Sulaiman Usman represented the Governor at the event organised by Nigeria’s Ministry of Justice.

Nigeria’s Solicitor General, Mr. Dayo Apata stated that the workshop indicates the determination of the Ministry of Justice in Nigeria to lead the efforts towards reforming the Criminal Justice Administration in the country espoused by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.

”Following the validation and adoption of the reporting templates at the National Workshop held in 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, by the Heads of various justice sectors institutions involved in criminal justice administration, it has become imperative to train those saddled with the responsibility of actual implementation of the Act,’ he echoed.


The Solicitor General added that the implementation of the Act would promote access to justice, reduce human rights abuses and other forms of ill-treatment of suspects.

Source: Voice of Nigeria