By Samuel Asimi
Managing Director of Transparency International, Daniel Eriksson, has called for effective global criminal justice system amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed on the need for strong criminal justice institutions at this time and stated that this could be used as an opportunity to enhance technology that could be used to increase institutional checks and balances. He made this call at a webinar organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on the Impact of COVID-19 on criminal justice institutions recently.
Also speaking at the event was the host, Executive Director of CISLAC (TI-Nigeria), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, who emphasized the importance of strengthening our criminal justice institutions especially at this time when criminality is on the increase.
The UNODC CRIMJUST project coordinator, Glen Prichard also spoke at the event where he noted that this could be used as an opportunity to reflect on how criminal justice institutions can be strengthened.
Other speakers at the event were Sheila Masinde, ED TI-Kenya; Linda Ofori-Kwafo, ED TI-Ghana; Gugleimo Castaldo, UNODC Anti-Corruption Programme Officer; Justice James, Milimani Law Courts Kenya; ACP Markus Ishaku, Head, Nigeria Police Complaints Response Unit (CRU); Francis Torkornoo, DG Narcotics Control Commission (Ghana); Samuel Asimi, Programme officer TI-Nigeria.
All speakers agreed on the importance of having strong and effective criminal justice institutions especially at this time of a global pandemic.