CJ calls for domestication of ACJA in Bayelsa

Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Sagbama Branch in Yenagoa

Justice Kate Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State has called for the immediate domestication of  the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA in Bayelsa State for effective administration of justice in the state.
Justice Abiri made the call at the maiden edition of the quarterly Bar Workshop organized by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Sagbama Branch in Yenagoa with the theme ‘Current Challenges of Bail: The Facts and the Law’.
She emphasised that the domestication of ACJA in Bayelsa State  will help to reduce the number of suspects in police custody as it has provision that protects the suspects and makes investigations easier.
The Chief Judge commended the Sagbama branch of the NBA for coming up with this brilliant workshop to sensitize the public on their rights adding that there is need to make the participants understand the rudiments of the paper that was presented.
In his paper presentation, Doueyi Fiderikumo from the Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island said the challenges of bail administration in the administration of criminal justice has been taken care of by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2005.
According to Fiderikumo,  who is also a Principal Associate at D. D. Fiderikumo and Co noted that the primary objective of bail is to ensure that the accused person will attend court to stand his trial’, he stressed that the main function of bail is to ensure the presence of the accused person at the trail.
He cited different conditions of bail both at the police and court, he concluded that ‘the ignorance of the judge, it is said, is the calamity of the innocent adding that that the bar in fulfilment of one of its cardinal charter, can do a letter to the chief judge drawing her attention to this provision’.
In his welcome speech, Barr. R. M. Whyte, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Sagbama Branch said the workshop will serve as a public enlightenment programme that will create awareness on their legal rights. He thanked all who found time to attend the Bar Workshop.
About three organizations made  goodwill message at the workshop.  In her goodwill message, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Bayelsa State Branch expressed joy at the workshop and its theme.  She added that it will empower the general public to know their right.
She said the workshop would help expose and bring solution to issues of bail at the police stations and why women cannot take suspects on bail.
A sister branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Yenagoa represented by Barrister Diepreye Omubo, a former Vice Chairman of Yenagoa branch congratulated the Sagbama branch for the laudable workshop that will engage both lawyers and the public. He noted the theme of the workshop is apt and wished that such workshop would come regularly.
The Executive Director, FACE Initiative, Inatimi Odio represented by one of his staff in his goodwill message noted that as members of the civil society organization, the workshop would broaden their understanding of the law as well as citizens’ rights on bail issues.
There were various discussants from the police, judiciary, lawyers and Ministry of Justice and it was attended by various women group, Keke Drivers Association and members of the Bench and Bar in Bayelsa State.

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