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Group advocates for reform in Nigerian justice system.

– A judicial advocacy group, Access to Justice, says Nigerians want to see more judicial reforms executed in the nation’s judiciary

 

– The group states that the current speed and pace of reforms is neither strong nor vibrant enough

– Senior lawyer, Prof Ilochi Okafor, describes the proscription of IPOB by the federal government as illegal A judicial advocacy group, Access to Justice (CJN), has called for an urgent reform in the Nigerian judicial system to better serve the needs of the citizens. The group said to achieve this, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has to declare a state of emergency in the country’s justice system. According to Premium Times, Access to Justice, made the statement on Thursday, September 28, at a press conference in Lagos. “Without an iota of doubt, Nigerians want to see more judicial reform in Nigeria. Our concern is that the current speed and pace of reforms is neither strong nor vibrant enos executed, with more speed and urgency,” said Adenike Aiyedun, Deputy Director, Access to Justice.

“We need more traction and more resolve applied in the fight to transform the delivery of justiceugh and it is not creating the kind of momentum or impetus that Nigerians are eager to see.”

Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Prof Ilochi Okafor, has described the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the federal government as illegal. Okafor said IPOB has the right to agitate and that such an activity is recognised by the law. The professor and former vice chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, spoke in the Anambra state capital during the 2017/2018 legal year of its judiciary. Okafor maintained the role of the military during the crisis was an aberration because the police never showed it lacked the powers to quell the agitation. The Nigerian Tribune reports that Okafor wondered why the army would subject the defenceless and unarmed youths to physical torture and denigrating their dignity when their agitation is recognised as fundamental human rights in international law and United Nations charter. In the video below, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, alleges that his client is facing a political trial in the hands of the federal government.

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