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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

Kebbi: Why Governor Idris revamped law reform commission — Justice Rasheed

Kebbi: Why Governor Idris revamped law reform commission —

The Chairman of the Kebbi State Law Reform Commission and retired Judge of the State High Court, Justice Isma'ila Haruna Rasheed has revealed why Governor Nasir Idris revamped the commission.

He said the governor's revival of the commission was based on his strong commitment to the justice system and rule of law.

He lamented that successive administrations in the state have relegated Law reform to the background not until Governor Idris came with its interest at heart.

He explained that Governor Idris realised the importance of reappraising domestic laws to suit "our present needs and condition that made him re-energise the Law Reform Commission to carry out its mandate."

The chairman made this known on Friday when he led a delegation from the commission to the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Iliyasu Bashar, seeking his blessings and prayers for the success of the commission.

He said: "Only the laws of God are final and unchangeable, other man-made laws including the Constitution require relevant amendments as humanity progresses in life. 

"Some of our laws are inherited from the colonial masters dating from the First Republic of Northern Region, others were enacted several years afterwards, including criminal and civil laws, that have become obsolete and in need of reform and amendment."

As contained in a statement by Yahaya Sarki, the governor's spokesperson, Justice Rasheed while noting the importance of stakeholders in achieving the commission's mandate called for the support of the traditional rulers, religious leaders and legislators in the state.

On his part, Muhammadu Bawale Sakaba, the Shatiman Sakaba who was part of the delegation commended the governor for bringing development to all sectors of the state. 

Responding, the Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar expressed the need for the implementation of necessary law reforms to conform with the current realities. 

 He said: "There are laws of Local Governments, State Governments and the Federal Government, but the world has gone far ahead that made it incumbent to review such laws to suit modern realities of life."

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