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NIGERIAN PARLIAMENT MOVES TO SEPARATE A-G’S OFFICE FROM JUSTICE MINISTRY

Nigeria’s Parliament has moved to separate the office of the Attorney-General (AG) from that of the Minister of Justice with the second reading of a Bill to amend the 1999 Constitution to introduce the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation separate from the Minister of Justice.

Presenting the Bill here Tuesday, Member of Parliament Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno), said that if passed, it would emphasise the independence of the AG’s office and ensure it was not subjected to political consideration.

Monguno said the separation of the AG’s office would allow for effective separation of power, adding that the two offices would be given the necessary environment to function optimally.

“The Attorney-General of the Federation, being the Chief Law Officer is empowered in Section 150 and 195 respectively of the 1999 Constitution to enter nolle prosequi.”

Nolle prosequi is an entry on the record of a legal action that denotes that the prosecutor or plaintiff will proceed no further in an action of suit either as a whole or as to some count or as to one or more of several defendants.

The lawmaker added: “That power can only be exercised if the office is free from any political interference. The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation is such an office that should be seen to be Independent and not be subjected to some political consideration.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK