CEDE JUDICIARY REFORM POWERS TO CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA


Ade Ipaye, Commissioner for Justice, Lagos

Ade Ipaye, Commissioner for Justice, Lagos

The Lagos State Government has called on the National Assembly to make laws that would cede powers of judicial reforms to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) so as to facilitate the process of reforming outdated laws and bring them in line with what is obtained in the civilised world.

Attorney General of Lagos State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye made the observation at a press briefing in Lagos.  He said Lagos has already amended laws ceding such powers usually vested in the State House of Assembly to the Chief Judge of Lagos State so as to facilitate the process of judicial reform.

Ipaye said it has been the practice of some states to duplicates some of the reforms in the state and said it will not be out of place if the federal government takes a lead from Lagos in this area.

Commenting on the effect on the Lagos State Traffic Law on crime and accident, the commissioner said available statistics from the law enforcement officers are indicative of the of the positive impact of the law.

“In the month of August, 2012, prior to the implementation of the law, 10 cases of armed robbery involving the use of motorcycles were recorded. By   October 2012 only four cases were recorded and in December, two cases were recorded. Between January and February, 2013, only one single case was recorded.

“Similarly, whereas in August 2012,  646 cases of accidents involving the use of motorcycles were recorded, this has reduced drastically to 243 by December 2012. In January 2013,  the number of motorcycles induced accidents has reduced to 136. We have also witnessed a graphic decrease in number of convictions from the courts in relation to motorcycles operations between October 2012 and February 2013. Whereas 45 convictions were  secured in October 2012, four months into the implementation of the law, later this month, this number has reduced to 27 by February 2013”, he said.

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