Crime Suspects To Stand Trial In Prison As Nigeria Begins Virtual Court Sittings

The federal government is set to deploy Virtual Court Proceedings in Nigeria’s Correctional Centres across the federation.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN will be launching the pilot project facility at the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja on December 6 (Monday).

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, OAGF on Friday.

Gwandu stated that the move is geared towards bringing lasting reforms in the Criminal Justice Sector in the nation as well as implement the ministry’s Post-Covid-19 Justice Sector Plan thereby making it possible for suspects to give evidence in custody without appearing physically in court.

“Expected at the Occasion are the Honourable 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.

“The Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, Leticia Ayoola-Daniels working with the representative of the supporting organization; Mrs. Oyinye Ndubuisi of the UNDP are working assiduously to ensure achievement of the laudable project,” the statement added.

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