Abolish ‘Plead Bargain’ From Our Legal System -Confab Urges FG

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Deputy Chairman of the National Conference

By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
The National Conference in Abuja has called on the federal government to abolished the concept of plea bargain in the country’s legal system.

The Conference which also agreed on a number of issues at it’s plenary session in Abuja, Monday approved that  federal government and all political parties should include the 35 percent  affirmative action for women in their constitutions.

Furthermore, the Conference accepted proposal that Election petition involving the position of governor should end at supreme court instead of court of Appeal.

The Conference decisions followed the report of the Conference Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Right and Legal matters which it voted on at the plenary.

Also, Conference has asked Federal government to set up election offences tribunal as to try  electoral offences.

In addition, Conference accepted proposal  to separate Attorney General from Minister of Justice

The conference Rejected amendment President of Appeal Court to be chairman Federal judicial commission, instead they agreed that a retired justice of the supreme court should be appointed at the discretion of the President.

The debate on the report of the committee took about four hours before the conference began to consider the report of the committee clause by clause.

Conference kicked against payment of compensation to victims of violent crimes in Nigeria.

Also, the proposal that pregnant women or nursing mothers should be allowed to nurse their babies for two years before serving their sentences in prison.