The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has directed agencies with powers to prosecute, to compile pending cases they are currently handling in various courts.
This, he said, was in order to determine which of them falls within the category of high profile cases to be taken over by the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC).
A statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Salisu Isah, said Malami gave the directive when he met with the various agencies in his office on Monday.
The minister briefed them on the existence of the committee, adding that the meeting was to fashion out a synergy between the committee and the agencies.
Mr. Isah, who is the NPCC Head of Communication and Public Affairs, said Mr. Malami’s message was read by Sylvester Imhanobe, the Special Assistant to the president on Research and Special Project.
Mr. Imhanobe, who is also the secretary of the committee, used the occasion to inform the agencies of the objectives for setting up the prosecution committee.
The AGF explained that for a case to be tagged high profile, it must have overriding public interest elements, but that ultimately, he determined what case was tagged a high profile case.
He added that sometimes, the quantum of value of a case and its sensitivity also influenced whether a case was a high profile case or not.
According to him, members of the committee are mainly his aides as well as eight external members selected on the basis of experience and expertise.
He said that the heads of agencies were not part of the NPCC due to their busy schedules.
He said it was important for cooperation and synergy between the committee and the agencies to be consistent with the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the anti-graft war.
The Special Assistant to the President on Coordination and International Affairs under the Federal Ministry of Justice, Pius Oteh, chaired the meeting.
Mr. Oteh said the AGF saw the need for coordination and cooperation between the NPCC and agencies with prosecutorial and investigative powers.
The agencies present at the meeting were the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices & other related offences Commission and the Federal Inland Revenue Service. (NAN)
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
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