The Federal Government has launched and Commissioned the newly deployed virtual Courtrooms in Kuje Correctional Centre Abuja.
This concept aims to eliminate the presence of litigants or lawyers in the Courtrooms and adjudication of cases online with quick access to justice to decongest correctional facilities in the country.
Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in his remarks, tagged the Project “Justice flow like a River”, said the concept is laudable as it will enhance the prompt deployment of justice to eliminate the delay tactics of judges, which aids and gives strength to criminally minded inmates to form and carry out attacks on Custodial facilities that eventually lead to jailbreak in some of the Custodial Centres.
Aregbesola said the Virtual Court Room Justice would reduce the cost and time wastage in transporting Inmates to court along with the stress involved.
He further explained that during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the government was able to manage the situation with zero cases.
He said the project is a novelty that will aid decongestion of the Custodial facilities, especially the urban facilities due to high crime rates. It will also aid the Administration of Justice in the country.
He commended the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN, for the initiative and also pleaded with all stakeholders to deploy the novel project to other custodial facilities in the country for rapid decongestion of all correctional facilities.
The Minister of Interior advised the Minister of Justice that there should be a law to stipulate a time frame for justice on cases to end the delay tactics by Judges and reform the judicial system to eliminate unwarranted adjournment of cases to delay the dispensation of justice.
The Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN speaking said that the Virtual Courtrooms in Kuje Correctional Centre is phase-one of the project intended to improve the administration of criminal justice in the country.
He said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to do all that it takes to make sure justice is served to everyone as stipulated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Commandant General of the Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa mni commended the Federal Government for this initiative; he said the virtual courtrooms would help to serve justice promptly with ease, and it will also prevent the frustrations involved in moving Inmates to courts, thereby decongesting the Custodial Centres and reducing the tendency for attacks on Custodial facilities and jailbreaks in Nigeria.
The event was witnessed by Judges of the FCT High Court and Directors from the Ministry of Justice with the representatives of UNDP and that of the government of Japan who are partners of the project.