FG to Launch Virtual Court Sitting Facilities Monday
Omolosho Fatai Olamilekan
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN is set to launch Nationwide deployment and use of Virtual Court Proceedings in Nigeria’s Correctional Centres.
This was made known in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant to the AGF on Media , on Friday.
According to the statement, Malami will launch the pilot project for the deployment and use Virtual Court Sitting facilities at the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, on Monday, December 6, 2021.
“The initiative is one of the strategic interventions by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and indeed the Federal Government towards engendering lasting reforms in the Criminal Justice Sector in Nigeria. It is the development of the Consolidated Sentencing Guidelines (Custodial and Non-Custodial) Practice Directions, 2020.
“The development is part of the process to implement the Post-Covid-19 Justice Sector Plan marshaled out by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in April, 2020,” the statement read.
According to the statement,the Ministry in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion expedite engagement with the Nigerian Correctional Centres to make it possible for evidence of suspects in custody to be taken without their physical presence in court to avoid disruptions.
It also hinted that the Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, Leticia Ayoola-Daniels with the representative of the supporting organisation, Oyinye Ndubuisi of United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), are working to ensure the project ends a huge success.
Notable individuals expected at the Occasion include, Minister of Interior,Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; the Controller – General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Halilu Nababa; as well as members of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion.