News Update: Revision of obsolete laws in Akwa Ibom nearing completion – State Govt

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The Akwa Ibom State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Barr Uko Udom has revealed that the revision of the laws of the State which has not been done over 20-years ago is almost completed.

The Commissioner, who disclosed this on Friday while briefing newsmen on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2022 commended the efforts of the present administration to upgrade and update its laws.

He said that the process of the revision of the laws would be enriched by the inclusion of the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill which has been passed and assented to by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

According to him the passage of the bill would strengthen the rule of law, advance human rights and improve the administration of justice in the State.

“It is worth noting that as part of the policy of the present administration in Akwa Ibom State to update and upgrade our laws, the general process of revision of the laws, which was last undertaken more than 20-years ago, is nearing completion. There is no doubt that the final product of that exercise will be enriched by the inclusion of the ACJL 2022.

“The passage of the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and the subsequent assent of Governor Udom Emmanuel represent efforts by the present government to strengthen the rule of law, advance human rights and generally improve the administration of justice in Akwa Ibom State.

“This all important law, which will soon find application by our courts and other stakeholders in the criminal justice, system is a bold step to filling the gaps that were noticeable in the Criminal Procedure Law CAP 39, laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000, which the present law has repealed,” he said

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The commissioner expressed delight that Akwa Ibom State, by the enactment of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2022, has joined the company of States determined to introduce significant reforms in the administration of justice for the benefit of the people.

He listed the highlights of the law to include establishment of monitoring committee, electronic recording of procedures, quarterly reports of arrest by the Attorney-General, prosecution of offenses, among others.

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