The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says the ministry has secured no fewer than 1,000 convictions on terrorism within 18 months.
Malami disclosed this on Thursday at the 46th session of State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team in Abuja.
He said that within the period under review, the ministry had been involved in 312 cases ranging from terrorism to maritime offences, armed robbery, cyber-crime and kidnapping, among others.
The minister said that the justice sector encompassed all institutions of government involved in administration, enforcement and dispensation of justice.
“This sector extends beyond the federal level and cuts across sub-national entities and the three arms of government—the judiciary, the executive and the legislature.
“Effective collaboration and coordination is therefore at the crux of the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Justice.”
Malami said that the briefing highlighted not only the policy initiatives of the ministry, but also extended to critical achievements in the justice sector through policies and initiatives.
”They are targeted at improving legislative policies, the judicial system, correctional system, law enforcement, constitutional guarantees and other critical component of the entire justice sector system.
“All these are fundamental to ensuring access to justice, safety, security and in combating corruption as well economic and financial crimes in Nigeria,’’ he stated.
Malami said that the justice sector, as with every other sector, had continued to witness some challenges which constituted impediments to justice.
He noted that through the instrumentality of the Office of the Attorney General, all justice sector stakeholders had built consensus.
He added that they had led to the identification of the challenges and resulted in the development and adoption of the first e ever National Justice Policy in 2017.
“Following this landmark achievement of consensus among the justice sector stakeholders, all justice sector institutions across the country have continued to collaborate.
”They have also provided frameworks for the realisation of the objectives set out in the National Justice Policy.
“It is our firm expectation that the full implementation of the proposals in the national policy on justice sector would lead to greater synergy and shared knowledge among all stakeholders involved in the administration of justice.
“But whatever successes we are about to unfold under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari are the products of that consensus.
”We are happy to state for the first time in the history of this nation, we are doing wonderfully well, arising from the consensus that has been built among these stakeholders in the administration of justice.’’
He said that his focus was on the criminal prosecution by the ministry on the last 18 months.
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