Indications have emerged that Attorneys-General of States may take over the prosecution of past governors and other politically-exposed individuals in their domains.
The decision was taken at the end of a recent meeting of the Body of Attorneys-General in Abuja.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Salihu Isa, the idea was one of the key issues deliberated upon by the states Commissioners of Justice when they met in Abuja to discuss the draft National Policy on Prosecution, Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Prosecution.
The statement reads in part: “After exhaustive deliberation on the issues presented, the body recognised the need for the National Policy on Prosecution that will provide the needed professional guidelines for Prosecutors in the discharge of their duties which is sine-qua-non to the attainment of effective and efficient Administration of Criminal Justice.”
It also noted and agreed on the need for Attorneys General to come together to put in place, mechanisms and strategies that will facilitate the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in their respective States and the Country in general.