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Kebbi Governor Idris inaugurates 21-man Judicial Sector Reform Committee, unveils Gender Based Violence Support Unit

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By El-Yakub Dabai, Birnin Kebbi

Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State has on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi inaugurated a 21-man Judicial Sector Reform Committee headed by the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr Junaidu Bello Marshal to fast track dispensation of justice at trial courts across the state.

He said the event was in line with the Justice Sector Reform Law, 2023, which he signed into law on 29th December 2023, reflecting the commitment of his administration to improving cooperation, planning and implementation of justice sector administration.

“There have been yearnings for such actions and we are are ready to address the problem of lack of effective coordination and cooperation that had led to the congestion of correctional centres and the prevalence of Awaiting Trial Inmates,” he noted.

According to the Governor, the team drawn from from state and federal sectors would serve as a forum for coordination and planning among the sector to bolster the timely, just and efficient delivery of justice to the people of the state as a mark of his administration’s commitment to the full implementation of the Justice Sector Reform.

The governor also announced the establishment of two additional units at the State Ministry for Justice; Citizens’ Rights and Public Engagement as well as Gender Based Violence Support Unit, all in the bid to boost the administration of justice in the state.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner of Justice and Attorney- General, also the Chairman of the justice reform team, Dr. Junaidu Bello Marshal, explained that the reform would reduce rights violations, increase public awareess to justice, ensure protection of the rights of citizens and facilitate speedy trial of cases.

On his part, the Chairman of the steering committee, also the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Umar Abubakar, acknowledged that the reform in the justice sector would improve justice delivery and enhance the speedy dispensation of cases in courts.

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