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I’ll unbundle Supreme Court if Buhari appoints me Justice Minister – Keyamo

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Human Rights lawyer and activist, Festus Keyamo (SAN), who served as spokesperson of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, said he would unbundle the Supreme Court if he was made the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

He said he would ensure the creation of a branch of the apex court in each of the six geo-political zones.

He said that the regional Supreme Courts would handle criminal cases while the Supreme Court in Abuja would concentrate on political cases.

Keyamo said: “If I am AGF, I have the idea I call the three Ds that will be at the heart of judicial reforms: decongestion of the Supreme Court, decongestion of prisons and decongestion of case lists in courts.

“Nigerian Supreme Court is the busiest in the world. My first task will be to unbundle the Supreme Court. It is the busiest in the world and that is not acceptable.

“Some of the cases that go there are frivolous. This country is big enough to have six regional Supreme Courts.

“Every police station should open itself to the nearest magistrate courts for inspection. Same with the DPOs. They are not complying with those provisions of the administration of criminal justice Act.

“Magistrates should be given the powers to grant bail even in matters involving murder when there is no evidence at the early stage.

“We should amend the law to make the powers of the attorney general and DPP subject to judicial review. It is subject to abuse when people accused are abuse and freed.”

Keyamo insisted that the 1999 Constitution is replete with mistakes that must be corrected.

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He said that the country has too many frivolous political parties.

He noted that before a political party should be allowed to participate in a major election such, party should be made to show capacity.

He said: “I think we can strike a balance that for new parties to be registered, you must show capacity at the local level. And until the party wins a seat at a particular level, you cannot run for an office in the next level up to the presidential election.”

On how he would combine activism with pubic administration, Keyamo said that activism is the same as governance.

He said: “We have great activists even as senators. The greatest activists are those in government and people in the legislature.

“Activism is not marching on the road and burning cars of innocent citizens; it is stupidity (apologies). Do those cars belong to the President you are quarreling with?

 

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