The Senate, has on Wednesday, introduced a bill to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, .
The bill, which was read for the first time, was sponsored by Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu (Abia North).
Senator Kalu and others, were in December last year, convicted and sentenced for 12 years in prison, for a N7.1 billion fraud.
He was however, released after over 6 months of incarceration at the Kuje Custodial Centre, in compliance of a Supreme Court judgement.
While recalling his experience in prison, the Abia State Senator and former Governor said that his stay at the Custodial facility gave him an added perspective on matters of justice and injustice in Nigeria.
The former Abia State Governor, had while reacting to the Supreme Court judgement quashing the judgement that convicted and sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment, vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to pursuing justice for all Nigerians.
“Justice for one man or for a few people, will no longer be enough in this country.
“A system whereby over 70 percent of all prison inmates population is made up of people awaiting trial, cannot be allowed to continue.
“Situations where innocent people are falsely charged with murder, just to get them out of the way, does not dignify our country, and cannot continue.
“Justice must now mean justice for all.
“That is my pledge to Nigerians”, he said.