Meet Barr. Adetoro on the new Nigeria Police Force ACT, (2020)

To ensure efficiency in security operational modes of Nigeria police and the Justice system in Nigeria through cross-examination of the provision of law in relation to the Mandate of the Nigeria Police Force as entrenched in the Police ACT.

Therefore today on the Justice and Good Governance Radio Programme of the JDPMC, the review of the Police Force (Establishment) ACT,2020 shall be the focus as Barrister Paul Kehinde Adetoro will be analyzing potentials and shot falls in both old Nigeria Police force ACT and new ACT,(2020).

Join the conversation by 2 pm on 91.7 Rave FM for it promises to be insightful and interesting.

Defilement: JDPMC seeks Justice for a 13-year old rape victim.


A prominent faith-based and non-governmental organization in Osun state popularly known as Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo has advocated for the swift Justice over an alleged rape case of 13-year old girl (name withheld) in Ilesa, Osun state by her grandparents’tenant who was identified as Adedeji Adetunji.

The victim, who lived with her grandparents upon the death of her mother and abandonment by her father, reported the incident to her grandparents the very first time the alleged rapist took advantage of her. However, due to perceived financial implications of prosecution of cases and lack of information about structures that could defend fundamental rights of people especially indigent persons, the old and poor grandparents could not report the matter but only action taken by the victim’s grandparents in 2019 when the suspect first committed the offence was to insist that the rapist signed an undertaken never to abuse the victim again but contrary to the undertaken signed by the rapist, he continued with his evil act.

It was reported by the victim that the suspect had been serially violating her by covering her face before taking her to his room where he usually raped her and threatened to kill her if she ever told anybody. She further stated that the suspect always monitored her grandparent’s movement and took advantage of her grandparents’ absence to carry out the dastardly mission.

This had been lingered on until the situation assumed a different dimension on the 2nd of February 2020 when the victim took a bold step to confide in someone, who later enlightened and informed the grandparents of the victim of structures available for the protection of fundamental rights for no cost.

Following this development, it was gathered that the suspect was arrested and arraigned before Justice Adesayo of the Magistrate court 2 in Ilesha, Osun state.  The alleged rapist however pleaded not guilty.

Reacting to the development, the Legal Aid Officer of the JDPMC; Barrister Onoja Veronica assured Nigerians, most importantly the family of the Victim that Justice would not be perverted but rather duly served as the Organization was committed to the case and had channeled the matter to the appropriate quarters for necessary actions.

“It has become obvious that some people are enemies of the future of our community because they have made it their goal to destroy the proper development of children who are our future. Hence, all hands must be on deck to protect our children (especially our girls) from these bad elements by teaching our children basic protection strategies and speaking out against such persons. On the part of JDPMC, we shall ensure justice is done and the perpetrator punished accordingly,” She affirmed.

Meanwhile case has been adjourned to 21st of May, 2020.

HATE SPEECH BILL: “A booby trap on the high way of freedom of expression “ says a Media Guru.

A media doyen who is also the Chief Executive Officer of a popular radio station ‘Rave fm’ in Osogbo, Osun State, Mr.Femi Adefila and the Director of Social Communications Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Rev.Fr. Francis Idowu have charged the Federal Government to desist from pursuing the cause of criminalizing hate speech but rather pay attention to the people’s cry and yearning. Read more

Annual Human Rights Day with a media guru, Femi Adefila: JDPMC cordially invites you.


Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo is a registered Faith-based, Charity, Non-Governmental, Non-Political, and Not–for-profit Organization established according to the mandate of the Vatican’s Department of Church and Society of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo. It carries out the prophetic mission of the Church in the world through the social transformation of the society without any bias to race, gender, religion, tongue and colour.

The Justice and Human Rights Department of the Organisation focuses on the promotion of fundamental human rights through Championing of legal reforms, defense of vulnerable persons and human rights education. As part of its activities to mark the 2019 Annual Human Rights Day, the Department is organizing as seminar to discuss the appearing problem of human rights violation in Nigeria.

We therefore write to respectfully invite you to this programme coming up as follows:

Topic: Freedom of Expression and Speech Regulations in Nigeria.
Date & Time: 10th day of November, 2019 by 10:00am.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Femi Adefila (CEO, Rave FM)
Venue: JDPMC Office, Catholic Bishop’s Office, Oke-Ayepe, Osogbo, Osun State.

Yours faithfully,

Rev. Fr. Peter Akinkunmi
General Coordinator,
JDPMC, Osogbo.

Veronica Ene Onoja Esq.

JDP Oyo, Ibadan, Ondo pitch tent with JDPMC Osogbo to form common reform Agenda.

The three regional wests of the Justice, Development and Peace Centres in Nigeria, Oyo, Ibadan and Ondo States had reaffirmed their commitment to forming Unity of purpose and common agenda mechanisms with Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of Osogbo in a bid to push the cause of the Human and Community Developments forward. Read more

Justice Oloyede calls for overhaul of the Criminal Justice system,commends JDPMC for striving to promote Justice in Nigeria.

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The need to overhaul the Criminal Justice System by all the Criminal Justice actors ranging from Judicial officers, Judges, Nigeria prison Service, the ministries of Justice both the federal and State, Law enforcement Agencies, such as Nigeria Police Force, DSS , Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria Custom Service and other relevant Agencies to come to an apt understanding of Importance  and deep rationale behind  administration of efficient Criminal Justice in Nigeria has been stressed.

A retired Judge of the Osun State Judiciary and Lecturer at the Adeleke University, Ede Osun State, Justice Olamide Oloyede made this known at a Social Development Forum organized by the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo in Osogbo the State Capital with a theme: “Slow Pace of Criminal Justice System and the way forward.”

Justice Oloyede described administration of Justice System as a direct conducting tool to prohibit any misconduct or misdemeanour that is intended to impede or threaten the Growth of the Country. Not only this but also a lawful mechanism to maintain Balance and Equilibrium in the Society in order to achieve a sustainable Development as expected by the People.

 “Administration of Criminal Justice System is a direct effort towards check mating the Crime rates and Social Ills that may arise in any organized Society thereby bringing about restoration of sanity and fast growing Socio-economic Developments. When such is threatened with slow pace of action or bottleneck as a result of ulterior motive then, it is no longer Justice System,” she said.

She noted further that, the Slowness in the pace of administration of Criminal Justice is indeed a defeat to the existence of purpose of Justice System and a pointer to the fact that a Justice delayed is a Justice denied while calling on the criminal justice actors at all levels to overhaul the system with practical plans that would make the system to deliver on its Mandate, added that quality control education would go a long way at reducing Crime levels as poor education delivery could mostly breed poor thinking and mentality there by brewing bad habit, she however commended the large scale initiatives and front line roles of Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo towards the Cause of Justice in Nigeria.

I therefore call on the Judicial Actors in the Institution of Criminal Justice System to see more to the importance of the Administration of the Criminal Justice so as to avoid slow pace of the process, it is until this is achieved then, quick dispensing of Criminal Justice can be realized. It is also imperative for Governments and educational players to prioritize quality control education so as to tame the tide of social ills, for, absence of good education can breed more Vices.

However, I must commend Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo for the a job well done in the area Justice Dispensing, maintenance of peaceful co-existence and most of all Social Development in order to enhance Crisis free Society,” She affirmed. 

IMG-20190404-WA0002Addressing the motley Crowd present on the topical discourse, the Guest Speaker. Barr. Sulaiman Adegboyega stressed that in accordance with section 36 sub-section 8 of the Provision of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, anyone charged with an offence must be firstly recognized by law therefore, it is a core duty of the Court to look into the matter with thoroughly investigative procedures at arriving to a logical conclusion of Guilt or Acquittal.

“In determination of his civil rights and obligations including any question or determination by or against any Government or Authority, a person shall be entitled to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a court or other tribunal established by law and constituted in such manner as to secure its independence and Impartiality,” he said.

Barr.Adegboyega also maintained that attitudes of the Prosecutor, Court, Defendant and Prison were more often than not immensely contributed to the slow pace of administration of criminal justice such as lack of will to pursue the case to the logical end by the prosecutor, occasional non-appearance of the defendant and his lawyer, Court injunction and counter injunction or application, poor logistics on the part of the Prison Service and among others. He however called for more and adequate funding from the Executive Arm of Government in order for Judicial Arm to be able to deliver and dispense Justice to the quality taste.

Speaking one after the other, the representatives from the Nigeria Prison Service, Osun State, Mr.Shuaib Ayodeji, Mr.Oyeniyi of National Orientation Agency and Mr.Olufemi Balogun Esq of National Human Rights Commission opined the reasons Nigerians must imbibe and revitalize the National Values that placed premium on integrity, dignity, punctuality, Honesty, Patriotism, loyalty and Discipline as national standards for all the values were capable of lowering the level Social Vices and raising the bar of Nigeria’s Honour and Hope among the comity of nations. They also acknowledged ever dependable contributions of Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre towards the Development of Nigeria especially in ensuring that Crime rates became reduced to the barest minimum, particularly Corporate Social Responsibility services which were mostly rendered to the Community and Society at large.

In her remark, the Programme Officer of the Department of the Justice and Human Rights of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo Barr. Veronca onoja explained that There is no Cause as more important and honourable as fighting for the Justice of the downtrodden Masses especially the vulnerable People who are voiceless and lack the will power to obtain Justice for themselves.

while calling for more support and urgent need for Judicial Actors to consider expeditious system of  Criminal Justice so as to reassure the citizentry of a strong Belief in the Judiciary Arm of Government as the last hope of the common Men. she also reiterated the dedication and unwavering Assistance of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo to the speedy administration and quick dispensing Criminal Justice in Osun State and Nigeria as a whole.

2019 Social Development Forum… you are cordially invited.(Photo)

Social Development forum
The Department of Justice and Human Rights under the auspices of Justice Development and Peace makers’ Centre Catholic Diocese of Osogbo invites the General Public to its quarterly Social Development Forum.