By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), has trained Journalists in Kano on Investigative Journalism and fact-Checking skills to serve as a tool while reporting on matters in the Criminal Justice and Anti-Corruption Sector.
The one week training which took place at Tahir Guess Palace, drew participants from different media organizations.
The Centre charged journalists on the need to hold accountable, stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System in order to have a functional system where all parties involved play their roles in accordance to the constitution.
According to the Center’s Program Assistant Officer, Jessica Odudu, the center has noticed a gap in the Criminal Justice System which is not just the last hope of the common man, but the hope of every citizen as such, the need for the media to checkmate activities of all stakeholders can not be overemphasized.
According to her, “ We have noticed a gap in the Criminal Justice System which is a very important arm of the government, but little attention is being paid to the sector when it comes to reporting.
“ We want a situation where reporters begin to understand challenges, success and other matters that the public needs to know in our Justice System so that solutions can be proffered” she said.
Odudu said that, the Centre with the support of the European Union (EU), took it upon themselves to help solve the problem so that, the common man have better access to justice. Noting that the training for reporters in the sector would help shape things in the right directions.
Jessica tasked the trainees to gather the passion and put to use, every new skill learnt to ensure that all key players comply with stipulations in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA)
Furthermore, she said, the main objective of the Criminal Justice System, is to safeguard the society, punish criminality to serve as deterrent to those who plan to violate any section of the constitution at the same time, the law strives to protect the rights of every individual, as such, those saddled with the responsibilities of delivering justice must not be found wanting.