Adamawa state house of assembly committee on judiciary and justice commence public hearing on the proposed administration of criminal justice bill, penal code bill and proceed of crime bill.
Chairman of the committee, Barr Sani Shehu Mohammed (APC, Mubi-North) in his welcome address said “the bills are to promote the efficient management of justice system, speedy delivery of justice and to protect the rights of the suspects and prosecutors”.
Barr Sani encouraged the public to contribute to the contents of the bills at this stage, assuring that their recommendations will count.
Speaking at the hearing, Adamawa state commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Abdullahi laud the effort of the state house of assembly to facilitate effective dispensation of justice to the people.
The commissioner recommends that the committee should organise a capacity work shop for police officers in the state, adding that it will enable the officers to have a comprehensive knowledge of the bill.
“This will enable the officers to effectively enforce the bill when it becomes law”. CP Abdullahi said
The overview of administration of criminal justice law bill was presented by professor Maxwell Gidado SAN who was represented by Justice Ambrose Mamagi (rtd) while that of penal code bill was presented by professor Tahir Mamman SAN.
Moreover, director of law reform in the Adamawa state ministry of justice, Barr Mohammed Audu Gangs who represented the Commissioner of justice said the bills shall determine the process and conduct of discharging justice from the point of arrest to prosecution.
Gangs advised service chiefs in the state and lawyers who he described as chief enforcers of the law, to make input before the bill becomes law.
Furthermore, Barr Gangs emphasised the need for the public enlightenment on the bills stating that “ignorance of the law is not an excuse”.
Speakers at the hearing include Adamawa state deputy governor Engr Martins Babale who declared the hearing open.
Others include state coordinator of Rule of law and anti-corruption (RoLAC) Barr Hapsat Abdullahi, representative of the Chief Justice, Justice Abdulaziz Waziri, representative of the speaker Adamawa state house of assembly, Hon. Hassan Mamman Barguma (APC, Hong) .
The hearing was attended by state legislators, commissioners, lawyers, journalist, pressure groups and the general public.
The public hearing will be concluded tomorrow by 9 am at Duragi hotels conference Hall.