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The mandate of the Ministry of Justice as a service Ministry is mostly constitutional as derived from the powers of the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice under section 211 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, which provides:

S. 211(1) “the Attorney-General of a state shall have power:

  • To institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law in Nigeria other than a court-marshal in respect of any offence created by or under any law of the House of Assembly.
  • To take over and continue any such criminal proceedings that may have been instituted by any other authority or person; and
  • To discontinue at any stage before judgment is delivered any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by him or any other authority person. 

S. 211(2) the powers conferred upon the Attorney-General of a state under subsection (1) of this section may be exercised by him in person or through officers of his department.

S. 211(3) in exercising his power under this section, the Attorney-General of a state shall have regard to the public interest, the interest of justice and the need to prevent abuse of legal process.

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