Sokoto adopts Administration of Criminal Justice Act

Peter Bahago, Sokoto


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 its effort to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

The State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal , represented by the state Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Sulaiman Usman stated this at the Workshop organised by the Nigeria’s Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Sokoto state government on the implementation of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015 for the North West Geo-Political Zone.

Mr. Tambuwal stated that the state domesticated the Act with some modification in order 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 has lost its capacity to respond to the wishes of the people to check the prompt escalation of crime, hence, commended the Nigerian government for giving birth to ACJA, a law to bring offenders to justice as well as care for the victims of such crimes.

Nigeria’s Solicitor General, Mr. Dayo Apata who was present at 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 stated.

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.


Mercy Chukwudiebere