The Attorney -General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has ordered all agencies with prosecuting powers to compile pending high profile cases they are currently handling in various courts and forward to his office so they can be handled by the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC).
Malami gave the directive during a meeting with heads of prosecuting agencies at his office in Abuja on Monday August 8th.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Salisu Isah, Malami said for a case to be tagged high profile, it must have overriding public interest elements and that he ultimately determines what case is tagged high profile.
“The quantum of value of a case and its sensitivity also influences whether a case is a high profile case or not,” he explained.
Malami at the meeting announced that members of the NPCC are mainly his aides as well as eight external members selected on the basis of experience and expertise.
He said no Heads of Agencies will be allowed to be part of the NPCC. Spokesperson for the NPCC, Comrade Othman Isah, who doubles as the Special Adviser to Malami, listed agencies present at the meeting to include the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and the Federal Inland Revenue Service.