THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

The desire of the State Government to prevent crime and promote peace and security has also manifested in the vigorous reform process of the various aspects of our Criminal Jurisprudence, both substantive and procedural. To this end, the State is in the process of domesticating the Administration of Criminal Justice Act into a Law of the State. A committee made up of eminent jurists, scholars and lawyers are presently working on the reform of our laws and are currently reviewing the Criminal Justice aspect of it. The Delta State Justice Sector Reform Committee was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in a formal ceremony on the 5th day of May, 2015 at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.  A public hearing on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law took place on Tuesday 9th of August, 2016 at the State House of Assembly. It is hoped that with the passage of the Bill into law, our Criminal Procedure Law will experience its first major reform since 1945 and this will speed up the justice delivery process and make the state more attractive to investors.

 Below are some of the legal instruments initiated by the Executive arm of government through the Ministry of Justice for the law and order and good governance of the State.

S/N EXECUTIVE BILLS STATUS
1. A bill for a Law to amend the Delta State Economic Planning Council Law, 2008 Passed
2. A bill for a Law to prohibit Terrorism, cultism and the use of bombs and other explosives and for other matters connected thereto Passed
3. A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment, composition and functions of an Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy and for Purposes Connected therewith Passed
4. A bill for a Law to establish the Delta State Investments Development Agency with responsibility for the Regulation and Administration of Investments in Infrastructural Development through Public Private Partnership and other Matters Connected therewith  

 

 

 

Passed

5. A bill for a Law to establish the Delta State Scholarship Board and for Matters Connected thereto  

Passed

6. A bill for a Law to establish the Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency for the Regulation of Outdoor Structures of Advertisement and for other matters Connected thereto Passed
7. A bill for a Law to prohibit kidnapping, hostage taking and for other matters connected thereto The Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Law 2016 has very novel provisions as it seeks to punish all those involved with the commission of the offence including conspirators, those who aid and abet the Kidnappers, owners of properties used to house victims and telecommunication companies which refuse to assist in the investigation of the matter. Victims of the offence who refuse to testify during the trial of accused persons are also liable to be punished. The stringent provisions of this Law will send the required signal that the State takes its responsibilities to provide security for its citizenry and investors seriously.   

 

Passed
8. A bill for a Law to repeal the Delta State College of Physical Education Mosogar Law, 2002  
9. A bill for a Law to provide for the Collection Of Haulage fees from Lorries, Trailers and Truck Operators in Delta State and for other matters connected thereto  
10. A bill for a Law to provide for the Collection of Metal/Steel Scraps from vehicles operators, the registration of Scraps Vendors operating within Delta State and for other Matters Connected thereto  
11. A bill for a Law to amend the Privatization and Commercialization Law, 1994 Cap p.12 Vol. IV Laws of Delta State, 2008  
12. A bill for a Law to Regulate the Retirement Age of State-owned Tertiary Institutions in the State and for other Matters Connected therewith  
13. A bill for a Law to Repeal the Delta State Property Tax Law, Cap D38 Laws of Delta State and Enact a Law to Provide for the levying and Collection of Land Charge and for Purposes Connected therewith  
14. A bill for a Law to Amend the Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Law, 2016 Passed
15. A bill for a Law to Repeal the Delta State Peace and Vigilante Commission Law, 2013 and to Enact a bill for a Law to Establish the Delta State Peace and Vigilante Commission and for other Matters Connected thereto  
16. A bill for a Law to Repeal the Public Procurement Commission Law, 2008 and to Enact the Delta State Public Procurement Commission Law, 2016.  
17 A bill for a Law to Amend the Traditional Rulers Council and Chiefs Law, 2006 in respect of the Ukwata of Umukwata  
     
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