As part of efforts to boost its ongoing anti-corruption war, the Federal Government says plans to build capacity of prosecutors across the 36 states on the modern techniques of drafting charges have reached advanced stage.
According to the plan, training programmes at zonal level are scheduled for between the first week of March and last week of May this year, according to a statement by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, is at the request of the Body of Attorneys-General of the States in the country.
A statement by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said on Thursday that the programme “is also in line with the objectives of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fast-track the prosecution of high profile cases some of which will be handled at the state level and to stem corruption.
A further breakdown of the training schedule drawn by the Special Assistant to the President on Research and Special Projects, Sylvester Imhanobe, shows that it would kick-off in Yola, Adamawa state for the North East zone on March 7 and 8, closing on May 30 and 31 with the South West zone in in Ibadan.
“The other zones are as follows: North West (March 22nd-23rd) to be hosted in Kaduna state, North Central (April 4th-5th) in Jos, Plateau state, South East (April 22nd-23rd) in Enugu, Enugu state as well as South South (May 9th-10th) in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Isah said.
He added that the training to be spearheaded by the Office of the AGF and Minister of Justice “is sequel to the proposal by the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC) in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption (UNODC) to organize the training.”
A letter of invitation to the Attorney Generals and Commissioners of Justice of the 36 states of the Federation to nominate participants to attend the training signed by Imhanobe who doubles as the Secretary of the NPCC and titled, Invitation to nominate participants to attend a special capacity building workshop for prosecutors on drafting charges read inter alia that:
“On the request of the Body of Attorneys-General of the States of the Federation for support to training prosecutors in the States on drafting charges, I am pleased to inform you that the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN has approved the request of the Body.
“To this end, the HAGF has also approved the proposal of the National Prosecution Coordination Committee of the Federal Ministry of Justice (NPCC/FMOJ) in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption (UNODC) to organise the training programme.
The proposed training programme will be conducted on the basis of geo-political zones”, it concluded.