By Temitope Owotoki
The Civil Society Observatory Group on the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria has said that there is an urgent need for attitudinal change of police officers for any appreciable success to be recorded in the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
The Group, at its 8th zonal observatory meeting with key stakeholders in the criminal justice sector in Oshogbo, Osun State, called on the Police authorities to begin to effectively implement some of the provisions of the ACJA, make conscious efforts to improve public perception and confidence in the police. It listed some of these provisions to include allowing a woman to stand as surety and respecting the rights of suspect in Police custody.
The Observatory Group advocated for continued sensitization of the citizens, who are the beneficiaries of police services, for them to fully know and understand the provisions of the law as well as their rights under the law.
“This would go along way to ensure accountability and compliance of the police with the provisions of the Act,” it said.
The Observatory pledges its continued commitment to contributing towards the implementation of the ACJA, 2015 in Nigeria while calling for continued funding from the Federal and State Governments to provide all that is required to enhance police capacity to effectively implement the law.
The membership of the Civil Society Observatory on the Implementation Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria cuts across manging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Some of those at the Osogbo meeting include African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), Community Policing Partners for Justice, Security and Democratic Reforms (COMPPART), Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI), Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), Socio Economic Research and Development Center (SERDEC), Locate Initiative for Missing and Exploited Persons (Locate NG), Partnership for Development Action and CLEEN Foundation.