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Nigeria Is No Longer One Of The Homes Of Crimes Against Journalists – FG

Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami

The Federal Government has come out to say that Nigeria is no longer among countries with impunity for crimes against journalists.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, AGF Abubakar Malami revealed this recently, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, Nigeria used to rank between 12th and 13th across the globe and used to be among top three African countries with impunity for crimes against journalists, but that is not the case anymore.

He added that recent developments in Nigeria have proved that the Federal Government has taken laudable steps to end impunity for crimes against Nigerian citizens.

His words, “In the last decade, before the advent of the present Administration, Nigeria ranked between 12th and 13th across the globe and used to be among top three African countries with impunity for crimes against journalists only after Somalia and South Sudan. Recent developments in Nigeria proved that the Federal Government has laudable initiatives to end impunity for crimes against Nigerian citizens.”

“This is another positive feather of development in the human right record of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR that calls for celebration. It is a re-enactment of the best practices in the conduct of the governance which characterizes the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.”

“The provision of section 22 of the 1999 constitution as amended of Federal Republic of Nigeria underscores this fact. It provides: the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media to, at all time, be free to uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people.”

“The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken steps in advancing the rule of law, application of human rights, enhancing the freedom of information and by implication freedom of the press as well as the administration of criminal justice. In addition to the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, prominent among recent legislations by the present administration included Public Interest Disclosure and Witness Protection Bill (2017), Whistle Blower Protection Policy, Open Government Partnership and the vigorous fight against corruption In each of these legislations and policies the media and by implications journalists remain critical stakeholders.”

“As the Chief-Law Officer of the Country, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is determined to uphold the constitutionally saddled responsibility of ensuring strict adherence to the rule of law and bringing to an end the issue of impunity for crime in all ramifications. Our records on P&ID case is a clear testimony to that fact. Hence, the need for the consolidation of the successes recorded and that no room is left in retardation or retrogression.”


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