Participants and resource persons at the just concluded two-day Hackathon Training held in Abuja have identified regular interaction between the media and the civil society organisations (CSOs) as key to solving some of the challenges confronting criminal justice and anti-corruption sector in Nigeria.
Criminal justice has to do with structures and processes through which crimes and criminals are identified, apprehended, judged, punished and rehabilitated for maintenance of peace and order. The stakeholders in the sector include the law enforcement agents, police, prisons, court and society.
The training, organised by Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism and Center for Counter Fraud Center (CCFA), was targeted at creating tools and resources that would be useful to CSO’s, journalists and the wider community within the criminal justice and anti-corruption sector. The training was sponsored by the European Union and British Council.
Speaking on the role of CSOs and the media in improving the criminal justice system, Miss Berepubo Tamara of Center for Counter Fraud Awareness, urged both stakeholders to expose corruption and corrupt practices, in the private and public sectors, thorough investigation.
In addition, she said that information sharing between the two stakeholders would help to improve transparency in the criminal justice sector. She also charged them to employ their skills and intellect professionally in interceding between the government and the people for a better society.
Mr Mboho Eno, the program manager, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, explained that the tools to be generated from the workshop would assist the media and CSOs to better criminal justice and anti-corruption sector in Nigeria.