Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami are expected at a historic symposium on speeding up criminal litigation in Nigeria at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja today.
It is organised by the Incorporated Trustees of the Initiative for Socio-Cultural Fairness and Equity in collaboration with the Conference of West Attorneys’ General (CWAG) African Alliance Partnership.
CWAG is a United States-based bipartisan group comprising the chief legal officers of 15 western states and three pacific territories.
According to a statement CWAG signed by its Executive Secretary, Ignatius Ozoilo, “The symposium is predicated on the undue delays often associated with Nigerian criminal justice system and it is the idea that structural reform is necessary to bring about rapid criminal litigation.
“We believe that any fundamental shift towards expeditious adjudication of criminal cases will help to ensure a fair system of justice in a manner that inspires public confidence.
“The ultimate objective of the project is to ensure that through the introduction of a new case management system, our courts will be better able to dispose of criminal cases expeditiously and fairly.
“We believe that it is in the best interest of everyone – the accused, the victims of crime, and every of our communities that confidence is built into our criminal justice system and that there is certainty about the process of adjudication.
“The chairman of the occasion is Justice Adolphus Godwin Karibi-Whyte CFR – retired Justice of Supreme Court and former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands.
“The event will feature notable speakers including Rotimi Jacob (SAN), Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), David Luke Fadem, former prosecutor international criminal court.
“Chief Judges of States and Attorneys’ General of various states of the federation will be in attendance.
“Nigeria’s criminal justice system needs to connect with the public it serves and members of the public should get a sense that nobody is above the law.
“Our legal system is made to hold everyone accountable, there is a realistic prospect that it will change the way we think about our society, our economy, and our democracy”, the statement added.