Malami As Champion of Nigeria's Justice System By Rabiu Musa

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federarion, Abubakar Malami SAN, as the Chief Law Officer of the country has been a great reformer of judicial system, particularly in this trying time of COVID-19 that all states are trying to protect the sanctity of human lives.

Since his assumption of office on November 11 2015, and his subsequent reappointment as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation in President Buhari's second term, Malami has not wavered in his commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, thereby strengthening the nationhood and livelihood of the citizenry.

Malami's intervention into the kerfuffle of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki's cases is one that lent further credence to the fact that in promoting human rights and a strong rule of law, culture, he is second to none. Its lusciousness in respect to noting that in less than two weeks of taking over the cases from the State Security Service (SSS), the duo were released. A courtesy of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation and in line with his visionary leadership, defense of state corporate interest and his usual concern on equality before the law, and, above all the protection of human rights.

Concerned about the human rights and state of Inmates across Correctional centres  of the country, Malami envisioned the dire need for general review and decongestion of Prisons. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Justice under his watch had on October 2017, constituted the Presidential Committee on Correctional Service and Reform with the erstwhile Honourable Chief Judge, of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Honourable Justice I.U Bello as the chairman, to fast-track the Decongestion of Correctional centres.

The Committee secured the release of a total number of 3,768 prisoners during visits to over 34 prisons in 16 states across the country. Since then, Nigeria Correctional centres was  being fine-tuned and impression of human right concern was ensured which was unarguably different before Malami assumed office.

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