The Department of Public Prosecution is one of the main Stream Departments in the Ministry of Justice. Its primary functions include:
i. Proffering Legal Advice or Opinion to the Nigerian Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies, Ministries and Extra-Ministerial Departments on criminal matters and letters repertories and extradition);
ii. Public prosecution of accused person in all court of competent jurisdiction including the High Court, Federal High Court, Court of Appeal
iii. Defending criminal action in courts of competent jurisdiction. on behalf of Honorable Attorney General such as entering Nolle-prosequi authorized, by the Honorable’ Attorney General, Bail matters, Human Rights enforcement
actions etc., Trafficking in minors and young women from Nasarawa for the purpose of sexual exploitation;
iv. Presently the Department is headed by a Director who is supported by competent Lawyers and effective support staff.
v. The department of Public Prosecution provides legal advisory services to MDAs and supervises External Prosecutors who are prosecuting criminal cases
‘To effectively enhance performance and productivity for the wellbeing of the public and safeguard the existence of public security through effective
performance of its constitutional duty’.
To give quality service through quick disposal of cases by employing diligence’.
i. Proffering legal Advice on Criminal matters; Undertaking of public prosecution of accused Person;
ii. Defending criminal action in courts of competent jurisdiction;
iii. Prompt and courteous handling of cases; Handling of extradition matters;
iv. Overseeing implementation of mutual legal assistance, agreement on criminal matters;
v. Assisting and encouraging the criminal law jurisprudence in intellectual circles;
vi. Overseeing and coordinating the work of other statutory prosecuting agencies.