“I have been here since the year 2010; while coming from the farm, some policemen suddenly stopped me and said I had killed someone. Even the body of the alleged deceased, I did not see.” Segun one of the inmates that his case is been tracked narrated his ordeal.
Justice clock is an online tech tool through which Gavel tracks time spent by awaiting trial persons.
Gavel is a civic tech organization that seeks to increase the pace of justice delivery and accountability through tracking of cases and the reduction of the opacity in the justice sector.
The Project lead, Nelson Olanipekun Esq. has recently filed a matter in High Court of Oyo State on behalf of over 100 inmates in Oyo State prison facilities that are awaiting trial. He stated that the 88% of inmates in Agodi prison are awaiting trial persons. Out of this 88% which is put at 1004 inmates, over 100 of them are in detention awaiting trial because their matter is yet to be issued legal advice and subsequently charged to court.
There are people who are awaiting legal advice since 2010 the fact shows; a pre-step before a charge is filed in a criminal case. Keeping people for over 7 years without trial is absolute injustice in its entirety, Nelson said.
The Administration of Criminal Justice Act has been passed for over two years now with little or no impact made since its enactment. The Act provides for a total of 14 days remand time for inmates and renewable for another 14 days if an application is brought to court for the renewal. However, this is not the case in reality; the inmates are already treated as being guilty as opposed to the law which says a person is innocent until pronounced guilty by a competent Court.
Gavel uses justice clock, a tech tool, to track time spent by this awaiting trial persons and ensures it complies with Administration of Criminal Justice Act, in the Federal level or Law as it in the state level.
Gavel is being incubated by Civic Hive, a project run by BudgIT Nigeria.