The Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC), Federal, recently visited the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to understudy the Lagos Restorative Justice System (RJC) at the State’s Secretariat, Alausa.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 3day meeting,Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN ably represented by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-bey noted that the Lagos State Restorative Justice Programme is the brain-child of the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee aimed at improving the Criminal Justice delivery system by taking minor offences and misdemeanors off the dockets of the criminal courts.
Onigbanjo added that a Restorative Justice Sterering Committee was set up in 2017 to organize trainings for volunteer restorative justice members and facilitators who will conduct victim/offender mediation and make appropriate recommendations as to how these cases will be resolved amicably.
The Attorney General assured participants that the programme will take everyone through the Legal Framework of the Committee and the inter-relationship between the Police and the Office of the DPP in Restorative Justice Process.
The Coordinator, Lagos Restorative Justice Centre, Mrs. Adenike Oluwafemi expressed gratitude to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary and the ACJMC team led by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Sulayman Dawodu for the success of the program and looked forward to the establishment of the Restorative Justice Centre in the FCT, Abuja.