The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded plans to launch the pilot nationwide deployment and use of Virtual Court Proceedings in Nigeria’s Correctional Centres.
He said the pilot project facilities which were aimed at deepening criminal justice system reforms would commence with the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, on December 6.
Malami, through a statement his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu, on Friday in Abuja, said that the initiative was conceived by his office in collaboration with the apex government to engender lasting reforms.
He listed the 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, among others as guest to be present during the launching.
“The Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, Leticia Ayoola-Daniels, working with the representative of the supporting organization, Oyinye Ndubuisi of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), are working assiduously to ensure achievement of the laudable project.
“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”.
He said the ministry, in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, are expediting 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.
“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 in April 2020.