AGF orders compilation of pending court cases
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) has directed agencies with prosecutorial powers to compile lists of pending suits currently being handled by them at various courts for proper classification.
The minister stated that cases that fall within the high profile category will be taken over by the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC).
The directive was issued at a meeting between Malami and the various prosecutorial agencies on Monday.
The meeting, according to a statement by Special Assistant to the AGF on Media and Publicity, Salihu Isah, who is also the spokesman for the committee, was convened for the AGF to brief the agencies on the existence of the committee and the need for them to synergise for better results.
Malami, in a message read by the Special Assistant to the President on Research and Special Project attached to the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Sylvester Imhanobe, who also serves as the secretary to the committee, explained that for a case to be tagged high-profile, it must have elements of overriding public interest.
He added that sometimes the sensitivity of a case also influences whether it is high-profile or not.
Malami noted that members of the committee are mainly his aides as well as eight external members selected on the basis of experience and expertise, stressing that heads of agencies are not part of the NPCC due to their busy schedules.
Some of the agencies present at the meeting include the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services (DSS), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) as well as the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The Special Assistant to the President on Coordination and International Affairs under the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Pius Oteh who chaired the meeting said it was to sensitise the relevant agencies on the objectives of the National Prosecution Coordination Committee.