The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)collaborated with MacArthur foundation to organize a two day training session for legal practitioners alongside Law enforcement agencies in Jigawa State and subsequently commissioned a new NBA Dutse Branch Secretariat.

In a Statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer, signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Dr. Rapulu Nduka it was made known that the two day training which lasted from 14th-15th of June was organized in furtherance of the NBA’s goal to creating an effective justice system. The Statement read in part thus:

“In furtherance of its commitment to engendering a more efficient criminal justice system, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), recently led a team of NBA Trainers in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, on a 2-day training session in Dutse, Jigawa State.”

Commenting on the details of the training and its significance to the legal profession, security agencies and the general public as a whole, the notice continued: “On the 14th day of June 2022, the training brought together, criminal justice stakeholders from across the State, including judicial officers, officials of the Jigawa State Ministry of Justice, criminal defence lawyers, officers and men of the Nigeria Police, officers and men of the Nigeria Correctional Service, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and members of the general public, to discuss the role of the Nigerian Police in the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and compliance with principles of human rights in law enforcement.”

Subsequently, the NBA delegation led by the NBA President – Mr. Olumide Akpata, officially opened the NBA Dutse Branch Secretariat on the 14th of June, 2022. At the opening of the Secretariat, the NBA President pledged to lead the charge in ensuring that the Secretariat will amongst other things, provide the right environment for the training of lawyers in Jigawa State and beyond.

Remarking on the activities of the 2and day which witnessed the presence of the Chief Judge of Jigawa State, Hon. Justice Sadiq Maigari who led the discuss on sensitization of lawyers and law enforcement agencies on the administration’l of criminal justice, the notice stated thus: “the 15th day June 2022, the training, which was chaired by the Chief Judge of Jigawa – Hon. Justice Umar Sadiq Maigari, who had earlier on commissioned the new NBA Dutse Secretariat, again brought together criminal justice stakeholders from across the State, including judicial officers, officials of the Jigawa State Ministry of Justice, criminal defence lawyers, officers and men of the Nigeria Police, officers and men of the Nigeria Correctional Service, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and members of the general public, to sensitize, discuss the implementation and assessment of the Jigawa State Administration of criminal justice law, and to examine the successes and challenges so far arising therefrom.”

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