A Kuje Prison Coordination Committee (KPCC) meeting was held in Abuja on the 8th of October 2018 and and a follow up meeting held in 28th March 2019 to discuss the challenges associated with reducing pretrial delays and the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
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This policy brief examines the emergence of civil society situation rooms with specific reference to elections in Nigeria. It highlights some of the key drawbacks associated with the multiplicity of situation rooms in the country, at a time that the collective voices of civil society is required in the struggle towards deepening electoral democracy in the Country.
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Poor participation of women in politics, governance and administration of state has been a major concern at the global level. In developing countries of the world, it appears that the situation is more worrisome and deserving serious attention. Though one of the hallmarks of democracy is the participation of people, systemic inequalities, with specific reference to gender differentials,...Read More
This policy brief highlights and reviews the findings of the various surveys conducted by Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative, also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) in 2017 and 2018 on the implementation of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act applicable to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the respective Administration of Criminal Justice Laws in Lagos and Ondo...Read More
The Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in the Judicial Sector project is a 3-year being implemented by the Rule of the Law and Empowerment Initiative (also known as Partners West Africa – Nigeria) with support from MacArthur Foundation. To ensure effective collaboration, Partners West Africa – Nigeria worked with the state High Courts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos &...Read More
Nigeria’s return to democracy in May 1999 rekindled hopes of having greater women participation in politics and governance. Unfortunately, in the last two decades, not much has been achieved in terms of an expansion of the political space in ways that would allow for the women to insert and assert themselves as active participants. Even though women represent a significant proportion of the...Read More
The Social Accountability in the Judicial Sector is an 8-month project implemented by the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative, also known as Partners West Africa-Nigeria (PWAN). The project was implemented with support from the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Partners West Africa-Nigeria, worked closely with the Nigerian Bar...Read More
Section 35 of The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria1999 (CFRN 1999) (as amended) guarantees the right of a suspect or an accused person to bail. Likely, Section 36(6)(c) guarantees the right of a defendant to defend himself in person or by any lawyer of his choice. Notwithstanding the above provisions, majority of Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable persons like women,...Read More
By and large, allegations of unprofessional conduct by security personnel during the electoral processes have become a regular feature of electoral malpractices during every election held since 1999. Even though some of these allegations have not stood the test of time when election tribunals arbitrated in electoral disputes, the recurrence of such allegations and in some cases, glaring...Read More