Legal Expert Seeks Better Funding For Human Rights Commission, Trains Staff On ACJA

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chinonye Obiagwu (SAN) has advocated for more funding for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to enable it discharge its mandate, as well as monitor the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) across the country.

Obiagwu disclosed this while speaking as guest speaker during a virtual training for staff of the Commission titled “ACJA as Legislative Tool for the Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria”.

He noted that it has become increasingly imperative for government to properly fund the commission given its expanded mandate and oversight responsibilities on other government agencies.

Obiagwu who is also the National Coordinator of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) cited the role of the Commission in ensuring a smooth implementation of the ACJA as contained in Sections 33 of the Act which mandates the NHRC and relevant stakeholders to request from the Attorney General of the Federation reports of cases of all suspects arrested without warrant.

He quoted Section 33 (1) of the ACJA, which provides that “An officer in charge of a police station or an official in charge of an agency authorised to make arrest shall, on the last working day of every month, report to the nearest Magistrate the cases of all suspects arrested without warrant within the limits of their respective stations or agency whether the suspects have been admitted to bail or not.