As part of measures to reform the justice sector, the Federal Government, on Thursday, barred the Nigerian Police Force from prosecuting criminal cases. FG, which made its decision known through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said the action was in line with the provision of section 106 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
Malami maintained that the ACJA has transferred to the Federal Ministry of Justice, the responsibility of prosecuting all criminal matters. The AGF, in a statement signed by his media aide, Salihu Isah, said his Ministry had so far taken over about 8000 case files from Police for prosecution. IGP-Idris However, he said there was need for the judiciary to be transparent in the use of its powers as enshrined in Section 6(6)(c) of the 1999 constitution, as amended.
He described as worrisome, the proliferation of counter judgments and orders by courts of coordinate jurisdiction, saying it amounts to abuse of the judicial process According to him, “Multiplicity of counter judgment and orders by the court of coordinate jurisdiction on the same matter does not encourage the desired confidence building in the judicial process”.
He said the policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari was anchored on the fight against corruption, building a safer, secured nation and improving the economy that will provide answers to national interest questions that brought about the change. He further explained that the anti-corruption fight was aimed at not only to arrest, investigate and prosecute criminals, but also preventing crimes from being committed through the rigorous application of extant laws and regulations in all strata of our national lives.
Malami said the administration of President Buhari has put Nigeria back in the book of records among comity of nations that abhor corruption and the ills it portends. “On the international scene, there is no doubt that there is a greater global awareness on the part of international partners that Nigeria government now exhibits greater political will in its capacity to pursue and recover national assets abroad”. “We have therefore, begun to receive greater cooperation from all such foreign entities”. Besides, Malami disclosed that FG has signed an agreement with Swiss government that will engender the repatriation of about USD321 million back to the country. “Recently, we signed MOU with Swiss Federation that will ensure the imminent repatriation of USD321 Million Nigeria funds in Switzerland. We are equally addressing, through a robust Mutual Legal Assistance Mechanism, the challenges which had hitherto tied down assets in excess of USD500 million in jurisdictions such as the United States , Jersey Islands and United Kingdom”, he added.