CAPIO Trains Community Liaison Officers on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Enugu State (ACJL 2017).

The sensitization campaign on the ACJL 2017, launched by CAPIO, with funding support from Misean Cara, targets all key players in the criminal justice sector, ranging from the Judiciary and enforcement agencies to the ordinary masses at the grass-root level. In line with this initiative, CAPIO invited one hundred and seventy-six liaison officers from various communities in Enugu State, for capacity building on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Enugu State. The community liaison officers represent stakeholders at the bottom of the pyramid, whom may have been dealt a heavy blow by the less-than-ideal criminal justice system in the State, and are also totally unaware of the provisions of the ACJL 2017. Participants were trainers, who were expected to step-down the training at their various communities( at a time to be decided by the Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters). The training commenced in earnest after the opening remarks given by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters and the Executive Director of CAPIO, represented by the Research and Communications officer. The facilitators discussed issues of concern facing various communities in the State. These issues are usually related to bail, arrest, searches, witnesses, and sentencing. The facilitators also discussed innovations introduced by the ACJL, such as probation, restitution, community service, and parole, among others. Participants were particularly pleased to learn that the law introduced measures to ensure that confessional statements are obtained voluntarily, without torture or duress. In the end, participants applauded CAPIO for having led the initiative behind the innovations in the Law.

The training was indeed was interactive and participatory. Facilitators employed the official and local language to drive their points home. In his closing remarks, the Director for Chieftaincy Matters thanked CAPIO generously and undertook to ensure that the step-down training is monitored.

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