Edo Assembly set to hold public hearing ,as bill to Repeal the 1916 criminal code scales second reading

Introducing the bill , majority leader of the house Hon Henry Okhuarobo disclosed that the law was first passed in 1900 and reviewed in 1916 which is over a century ago.

The House considered two bills which include, a bill for a law to repeal the criminal code law 1916 and enact a law to provide rules on criminal conduct, regulate public order, and for other matters connected therewith, which passed second reading during plenary.

The majority leader explained that the law which is now obsolete is no longer applicable in modern day. Members who spoke on the importance of the law said it would strengthen justice ,help improve security and social well-being .

The lawmakers who spoke on the merits of the bill include, Rt Hon Roland Asoro Hon Yekini Idaye, Rt Hon Francis Okiye,hon Ephraim Aluebhosele ,Hon Emma Agbaje and Hon Emma Okoduwa all stated that the law needed to be reviewed to Meet modern trends and ensure its effectiveness in the present time.

Summing up deliberations, speaker, Rt Hon Marcus Onobun referred the bill to the committee on rules business and justice to conduct a public hearing with relevant agencies and stakeholders which include, the judiciary, Nigeria Bar Association, Religious groups, civil society groups, general public, and others for inputs to make it a workable and acceptable document.
Also at the plenary, the House considered a bill for a law to make provisions for the establishment of the Edo State Justice Sector Reforms Team which also scaled second reading.

Introducing the bill, House majority leader Hon Henry Okhuarobo explained that the bill would enhance speedy dispensation of Justice , improve justice delivery as well as enhance effective working relationship among stakeholders in justice system.

During the consideration of the bill, some of the lawmakers who spoke, on the merits said, it seeks to remedy the delay in the justice sector, enhance efficiency and effective delivery of justice, amongst others.

In his summation, speaker Rt Hon Marcus
Onobun thereafter referred the bill to the house standing committee on rules, business and justice to report to the house in 24 hours in order to proceed to the clause by clause consideration. The house later adjourned sitting to Tuesday 23rd of August.

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