The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Criminal Justice Reform Conference will hold from April 24 to 26 at the Asaba Convention Centre in Delta State.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) is expected to deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on April 25.
The theme is: Criminal justice in Nigeria: The journey so far.The is designed to fashion a roadmap for Nigeria’s troubled criminal justice sector.
Aside goodwill messages from the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen; Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the opening ceremony will also witness speeches by Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the state Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro.
NBA President Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) and the association’s Criminal Justice Reform Committee Chairman Chief Arthur Obi-Okafor (SAN) will also speak.
A statement by the Head of Publicity Sub-committee, Mr. Emeka Nwadioke, said the plenary session on Unlocking the innovations of criminal justice legislation would herald the technical sessions.
It will be chaired by former NBA President Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), with Justice Ishaq Bello of the High Court of FCT as the lead speaker.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu will present a paper on: Prosecution and punishment of electoral offences in Nigeria.
The session will be charged by the Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi.
Asiwaju Solomon Awomolo (SAN), Mr. Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), and Chief Ferdinand Orbih (SAN) will discuss the paper.
Former Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) will speak on: Arrest, remand and awaiting trial syndrome in criminal justice: Fixing the jigsaw to end prison congestion.
Panelists include the Controller-General of Prisons, Mr. Ja’afaru Ahmed; Inspector-General of Police Mr. Ibrahim Idris; Director-General of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Joy Bob-manuel and veteran prison reform advocate and Executive Director of PRAWA, Dr. Uju Agomoh. Justice Umukoro, will chair the session.