The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Jigawa state, Hon Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu described 2021 as a year of pride to the ministry as it succeeded in having two controversial laws; Child Right Act, and Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) bills passed and assented in the state.
The Commissioner made the assertion while presenting the review of the activities conducted by the ministry in the outgoing year.
He said, through the Ministy’s Department for Legal Drafting they worked hard in collaboration with the other stakeholders to domesticated the bills to ensure it goes in line with spiritual discipline and good cultural values of Jigawa state people.
He said the successful domestication is what facilitated for the two laws to come into existence in the state after 12 years.
“And I am optimistic these laws will provide maximum protection to the children and other vulnerable groups in the society, this is part of our mandate,” he declared.
Dr Musa Aliyu added that other laws drafted by the ministry which are currently before the state House of Assembly included, Social Protection and Public Complain and Anti-Corruption Commission Bills.
The Commissioner, however revealed that, during the year under review a total of 196 case dairies were received from the police and judiciary, these include 90 cases of rape, 27 homicide, 18 kidnappings, 32 Sodomy, and three road accidents, among others.
He explained that, all the diaries were treated and prosecuted out of which, he personally prosecuted 61 cases.
He noted that 32 cases were convicted while 42 were cleared by the courts.
He said the state ministry’s website has been upgraded and is always updated with full information of any court judgment in the state for public consumption and also for the convictions to serve as deterrent to others.
The Commissioner also revealed that during the year under review staff of the ministry were sponsored to participated in different legal training and conference to enhance their skills, while adequate provision was made to all lawyers particularly those that travel outside the state to stand on a case on behalf of the state government.
Hon. Adamu Aliyu then called on all stakeholders particularly, Police, Judiciary, Lawyers, Correctional Centres, Witnesses and public to discharge their shared responsibility with sacrifice and dedication on any legal case before court to ensure speedy dispensation of the case.
According to him, currently there are over 415 cases awaiting trails due so many factors, he described the situation as a source of concern.