Ministerial screening: I will unbundle Supreme Court if appointed as justice minister - Keyamo

Ministerial screening: I will unbundle Supreme Court if appointed as justice minister - Keyamo

- Festus Keyamo (SAN) has appeared before the Senate for his screening as a ministerial nominee from Delta state

- Fielding questions from the lawmakers, Keyamo said he will unbundle the Supreme if made the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation

- The senior lawyer said he would press for constitutional changes to create six more regional Supreme Courts to facilitate speedy trials

Festus Keyamo (SAN), the ministerial nominee for Delta state, says he will unbundle the Supreme Court if made the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation.

Keyamo disclosed this on Friday, July 26, while taking questions from members of the Senate at the ongoing ministerial screening exercise in Abuja.

The human right activist said it was “scandalous” to have only one Supreme Court in Abuja, attending to the whole country.

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He said he would press for constitutional changes to create six more regional Supreme Courts.

He attributed the current delay of judicial processes at the apex court to heavy traffic of cases coming from the 36 states and the FCT.

He proposed that the appeal court in Abuja should only be made to attend to constitutional interpretation, political and election matters.

He also advocated for the decongestion of the prisons across the country.

He said this would be made possible by making sure that every Divisional Police Officer (DPO) opens his cells to the nearest magistrate to ascertain why suspects are detained.

He also called for the amendment of the criminal laws across the states, particularly calling for the review of the powers of the director of prosecution and their attorneys-general, to avoid abuse of office.

On the number of the political parties in the country, Keyamo said: “We must keep opening up the political space to Nigerians.

“But besides registration of these political parties, they must be made to test their popularity and capacity at the lower elections.”

Senator James Manager (PDP Delta), who spoke on behalf of Delta caucus in the Senate, urged his colleagues to support the nomination.

He said that Keyamo had demonstrated competence and intelligence in handling all the questions by the senators.

The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, therefore ratified Manager’s appeal through a voice vote in favour of the nominee.

Keyamo, 49, was the director strategic communication, APC Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 general elections.

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, July 24, began the screening of ministerial nominees, asking three of them to simply ‘take a bow and go’ since they were former lawmakers.

Those asked to ‘take a bow and go’ included Godswill Akpabio, a former minority leader of the Senate and ex-governor of Akwa Ibom.

Senator George Akume, who had previously served in the upper legislative chamber and was a former governor of Benue state, also benefited from the gesture.

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