The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), disclosed that the Federal Government had vowed to end crimes committed against citizens including journalists with impunity.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which commemorated annually on November 2.
The statement titled, ‘Malami Welcomes CPJ Report, says Nigeria Vows to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists’.
Malami stated that “The 2020 global index for impunity for crimes against journalists by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), released on Oct. 28 indicated that Nigeria is the only country that came off the index from 2019.”
“Deliberate and committed efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government through the implementation of many reforms in the Nigerian justice sector to include increased access to justice, speedy justice dispensation, decongestion of Nigeria’s correctional centers and judicious implementation of the Criminal Justice Act and Justice Sector reforms.”
“Solid foundation of reformed justice sector to be bequeathed by Buhari Administration, never again will Nigeria feature among nations where journalists, citizens and inhabitants of the country will suffer from any form of impunity in the future”.
“The recent developments in Nigeria’s international arbitration against P&ID and some international oil companies are but indicators of the resolute determination of the federal government to bring to an end an era of impunity and lack of adherence to due diligence and rule of law in governmental operations’’.
Malami recalled that in the last decade before the current regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), Nigeria had ranked 13th across the globe and used to be among top three African countries with impunity for crimes against journalists only after Somalia and South Sudan.
He stated that there is no room for complacency in ensuring serene online and offline atmosphere of journalism practice in the Nigeria.
Adding that with the development of information and communication technology and the internet forming veritable tools for mass communication, the government is working to ensure safety of journalists against rhetorical aggression, trolling, incursion of privacy, phishing and cyber attacks.
He urged journalists to adhere strictly to the ethical provisions of their profession and refrain from misinformation and fake news.
“With the implementation of the Cybercrime Act 2015, the incidences of cyber related crimes would be minimised.”