VP to law officers: speed up cases

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VP to law officers: speed up cases


By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has urged state attorneys-general to fast-track the dispensation of justice on cases in their states.

He said this when he hosted six attorneys-general from the Southwest at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

A statement yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the Vice-President told his guests that it was important for them to devote more time to improve the pace of cases in courts.

Osinbajo urged the states’ chief law officers to leverage their network and individual positions to make the desired changes in the Justice sector.

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Commending their efforts, the Vice-President noted that “just looking at the sheer range of the things that have been done, I really must commend you for a great work”.

He added: “I think there is need for us (especially at the state level), to ensure that prosecutions move quickly. It is important that we devote some time to how we can improve the pace of cases in our courts.”

The justice commissioners had briefed Osinbajo on the progress their states had made in justice reform processes.

They said many of the reforms were inspired by the successes recorded during his (Osinbajo’s) stint as Lagos State Attorney-General.

The attorneys-general lauded Osinbajo’s achievements when he was a state attorney-general, attributing some of the gains recorded in their states to his innovative ideas.

They listed the reforms their states were implementing in the administration of justice system, such as alternative dispute resolution, access to justice, capacity building for judicial officers, digitisation and general infrastructure upgrade.

The justice commissioners’ presentations also included social protection objectives and improving the legal framework for enhancing the business environment in their states.

The statement said the visiting justice commissioners were led by the Ekiti State Attorney-General, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda.

Others were Lagos State Attorney-General, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN); Ondo State Attorney-General, Sir Charles Titiloye; Oyo State Attorney-General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo; Ogun State Attorney-General, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran; and his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Olufemi Akande.

Referring to the current reform efforts in Lagos and other states, Onigbanjo said: “Your Excellency, you laid a solid foundation upon which we are building today. The reforms initiated by you as AG have been the basis for what we are doing and have done in Lagos.”

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