The ADVOCATE is a publication of CURE-Nigeria, that covers happenings within the criminal justice system and human rights.
Highlights of The March Edition:
Peaceful Walk for Criminal Justice/Prison Reforms and Human Rights
NGO Marches against poor prison conditions
The Essence of Prison Rehabilitation is to Curb Recidivism
Activists laments prison congestion, inhuman conditions…
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From the concluded SUMMIT ON JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN LAGOS STATE
CITIZENS UNITED FOR THE REHABILITATION OF ERRANTS (CURE-NIGERIA) IN CONJUCTION WITH THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, SOUTH-WEST ZONE, LAGOS STATE AND THE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, LAGOS STATE.
REFORMING JUVENILE JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA, ENDING THE DETENTION OF JUVENILES WITH ADULTS.
in attendance were, The Coordinator and staff of The National Human Rights Commission, Lagos state chapter, The Director and staff of the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos state chapter, Legal Aid Council, Lagos state chapter, Representative of the Chief Judge of Lagos state, Justice M.O. Obadina, The Attorney General / Commissioner for Justice, Lagos state, Speaker, Lagos state House of Assembly, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, Mr. Tunde Ladipo, The Controller of Prison, Lagos state, The Media, CSO’s and more.
Below are links to media publications on the Summit….
CURE-Nigeria in Partnership with THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, LAGOS STATE AND THE LAGOS STATE OFFICE of THE PUBLIC DEFENDER WOULD BE ORGANISING A SUMMIT ON JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS, WITH THE THEME – REFORMING JUVENILE JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA, ENDING THE DETENTION OF JUVENILES WITH ADULTS ON THE 28TH MARCH, 2019 BY 9:00am at the Conference Hall of the Lagos State Office of the Public
Defenders, 2-8 Iyun Road Stadium/Barracks Bus Stop by Funsho
Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lagos State.
In attendance would be: the Chief Judge, Lagos State, the Attorney General / Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, NBA Chairman, Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, the Controller of Prison, Lagos State, CSO’s working in the Criminal Justice Sector, The Media etc.
Speakers at the event are: Pst Chuks Afujue, DCG Rtd, Mr. Vincent Anigbo, Legal Practitioner and Executive Director, Pro-Skills Consultants, Chief Magistrate, Aje Afunwa. Head, Family Courts, Lagos, Dr. Grace Ijarogbe, Consultant Psychiatrist, Head, Child and Adolescent Centre, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State.
The Summit promises to be a tool for reformation of the Criminal Justice System of Nigeria,
Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE-Nigeria) a leading organisation on justice reforms and prisoner rehabilitation in Nigeria, organised a 150 man peaceful walk for Criminal Justice/Prison Reforms and Human Rights. The walk began at the Unity Fountain to the National Human Rights Commission where we will delivered a letter to the Executive Secretary and proceeded to the Federal Ministry of Justice to meet with the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
CURE-Nigeria firmly believes that:
– A justice system that is overly punitive and fails to rehabilitate doesn’t make us SAFER!
– Prison congestion poses serious constraints to effective prison administration/management and poses security, health and social threats to society
– Alternatives to incarceration are the way forward!
– The best way to fight crime is to prevent crime by addressing the root causes of crime such as poverty, etc.
Hence, we presented the following point agenda to the Federal Government for reforms in the criminal justice and prison systems in Nigeria.
1. Stop sending lunatics to prisons
2. Stop sending children to adult prisons
3. Remove children from adult prisons now!
4. Stop building prisons, build schools, hospitals, and roads
5. Abolish the death penalty now!
6. Say No to arbitrary arrest and detention
7. Say No to prolong pre-trial detention
8. Protect prisoners’ rights and dignity
9. Say No to torture. Torture is a crime
10. “Prison congestion is a national scandal and embarrassment”
– President Mohammadu Buhari – So take Action!
11. “Our prisons turn human beings into animals”
– V.P Osibanjo – So take Action!
12. Make states pay for upkeep of some inmates
13. Use alternatives to incarceration for non violent offenders, especially pregnant women and nursing mothers
14. Stop sending pregnant women to prisons
15. Stop sending nursing mothers to prisons
16. Reform the borstal institutions now!
17. Stop trying children in adult courts
18. Build family courts for children
19. Improve working conditions for wardens
20. Pay prison officials well
21. #450 is too little to feed an inmate
22. Fight corruption in the prison system
23. Ask police to declare the number of detainees in their detention
24. Ask military to declare the number of detainees in their detention
25. Ask NDLEA to declare the number of detainees in their detention.
A Walk for Criminal Justice/Prison Reforms and Human Rights to highlight prison conditions. The goal is to draw the attention of the Federal and State governments to issues that are of concern to us. Some of these include: congestion, detention of juveniles with adults, detention of lunatics in prisons, the use of prolonged pretrial detention, poor access to health care, poor access to justice, lack of use of alternatives to incarceration, among others. The walk will begin from the Unity Fountain to the NHRC where we will deliver a letter to the ES and proceed to the Federal Ministry of Justice to meet with the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. Together we are Stronger. Date: 13th March, 2019 Time: 11:00am