Ogun State House of Assembly has begun considering the state administration of criminal justice and other related matters bill which seeks to fast-track dispensation of criminal cases in the state’s courts and to decongest prisons.
The bill passed through the second reading, following a motion passed by the Assembly‘s committee chairman on justice, ethics and public petition, Adebowale Ojuri, seconded by Bowale Solaja during the house plenary.
ROCKCITY FM had on Monday, reported that the Abeokuta Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) is worried that the delay in passing the bill is affecting the application of the criminal act and dispensation of justice in the state.
Opening debate on the bill, the house majority leader, Adeyinka Mafe said its very comprehensive as it covers areas not contained in the criminal code being used in courts, including the arrest and detention of suspects, as well as bail requirement for the release of suspects and prosecution of such suspects.
Adebowale Ojuri who sponsored the bill, explained that it will make the administration of criminal justice system more effective in the state.
The Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi has referred the bill to the committee on justice, ethics and public petitions for further consideration.