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Delta Assembly passes two bills to aid criminal justice administration

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By Anne Azuka

Delta State House of Assembly on Thursday passed two separate Executive bills; the Delta State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2024 and the Delta State Administration of Civil Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2024 on the floor of the State Legislature.

The bills which had been read the third time before final passage, were forwarded to the State Legislature by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori on the 8th of May 2024.

However, the bills listed for first reading next day, had received accelerated legislative action at plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Dennis Guwor.

The Governor forwarded the bills alongside nine others to the State House of Assembly for the House processing.

House Majority Leader, Hon. Emeka Nwaobi who moved separate motions for the third reading of the bills and their subsequent approvals, also led debates on the second readings of both bills.

Nwaobi said the amendments sought in the bills became necessary in order to strengthen the smooth operations of the principal laws.

According to the Majority Leader, amendments sought in both bills is to extend the transition period of the proposed new law from the existing 12 months to 24 months.

Nwaobi stated that the amendment would help facilitate as well as enable adequate time for setting up necessary machineries for the full implementation of the law.

Others who spoke in favour of both bills are Hon. Ferguson Onwo representing Isoko South 11, Hon. Perkins Umukoro representing Sapele constituency, Hon. Marylyn Okowa-Daramola representing Ika North-East, Hon. Emmanuel Sinibe representing Patani constituency, Hon. Bridget Anyafulu representing Oshinili South as well as Hon. James Augoye representing Okpe constituency.

Relevant sections of the Standing Order of the House were suspended to pave way for accelerated legislations on the bills as directed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Dennis Guwor.

The Lawmakers took the third readings of the bills and passed, following separate motions to that effect by the House Leader, Emeka Nwaobi.

Commending the Lawmakers for the passage of both bills, Guwor noted that the amendment sought would provide the adequate time for the setting up of necessary machineries for the smooth and full implementation of the Law.

He said, ” By virtue of this Bill, the 12 (twelve) months transition period relating to Case Management originally provided in Sections 48(1), 64(1) and 65(3) has been extended to 24 (twenty-four) months to enable adequate time for the setting up of necessary machineries for the smooth and full implementation of the Law”.

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