Kaduna - The Kaduna State Government on Monday approved Drug Control and Witness Protection bills.
Amina Sijuwade, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, said this while addressing newsmen in Kaduna shortly after the State Executive Council meeting.
Sijuwade said that “these two bills signal the government’s intention to adopt new approaches to fighting crime, upholding the rule of law and rescuing young people from the ravages of drug abuse”.
The attorney-general explained that the drug control law provided for measures to prevent substance abuse as well for the treatment of addicts, substance abusers.
According to her, the bill provides guidelines for voluntary treatment and clear processes, including judicial review, for initiating and managing involuntary treatment.
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"All these safeguards are to ensure that the rights and dignity of persons under treatment are protected," she said.
On the Witness Protection bill, Sijuwade described it as an important advance for the rule of law.
She explained that the bill “provides the conditions and procedures for ensuring special protection for persons in possession of important or sensitive information against intimidation or threat to life that may arise from their cooperation with the public prosecutor”.
Sijuwade said that the executive council noted that fear was one of the major weapons criminals used when they erected hurdles against justice.
"This bill seeks to remove the fear that criminals implant in potential witnesses.’’
She said the council also approved the operational structure of Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELA).
"It also reviewed progress in the recruitment of 2,550 youths for KASTELEA jobs," she said.
According to her, the agency is prepared for traffic and environmental enforcement duties.