The Department of Public Prosecutions is one of the Departments in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice and the machinery through which the Attorney General of the State exercises the prosecutorial and allied powers, vested in him by section 211 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
PROFILE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Public Prosecutions is one of the Departments in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice and the machinery through which the Attorney General of the State exercises the prosecutorial and allied powers, vested in him by Section 211 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENTThe Department performs the following functions as a key role-player in the administration of criminal justice and effective execution of Government’s policy on crime:
Rendering of legal advisory services to the Police, the State Security Services Department, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, etc. on Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions.
Rendering of legal advice to Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments on crime-related issues and concerns.
Monitoring and supervision of Prosecutions by the Police and other prosecuting Agencies in the Magistrate Courts.
Preparation of Criminal cases in the High Courts and Magistrate Courts.
Prosecution of Criminal Appeals in the High Courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Collation and utilization of crime-related data for the effective implementation and execution of Governor’s policy on crime.
ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS
1. The Department of Public Prosecutions is saddled with the responsibility of initiating, undertaking and defending Criminal proceedings in the name of the Attorney General and on behalf of the State of Ekiti at the Magistrate Court, High Court, Federal High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. Presently the Department is prosecuting 109 cases at various High Courts of the State, 38 cases at the Court of Appeal and 17 cases at the Supreme Court.
2. The Department in the exercise of the powers vested in the Attorney-General takes over and continues any such criminal proceedings that any other authority or person may have been instituted. The Department has taken over and continued plethora of criminal matters which are currently being attended to.
3. The Department through the powers conferred on the Attorney General by the Constitution discontinues criminal prosecutions in deserving matters but such powers of discontinuance is not automatic as it must necessarily be exercised regard being heard to public interest, the interest of justice and the need to prevent abuse of legal process.
4. The Hon. Attorney General through the Department as a result of zero tolerance police of the administration to sexual violence has put in place proactive measures to halt and curb Sexual and Gender-based violence in the State, viz:
i. Pasting the photographs of convicted sex offenders in prominent public spaces in their communities and their Local Government Headquarters;
ii. Issuing an advisory to the traditional ruler of the sex offender’s community on the status of the offender;
iii. Uploading the Sex offenders photograph on the website of the Ministry of Justice;
iv. Showing photographs of Sex offenders on Ekiti State Broadcasting Service and announcing their names on Radio Stations in the State;
v. Compulsory psychiatric tests for all Persons of whom the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has issued ‘a case to answer’ Legal Advice for the offence of child defilement. This also includes Persons currently standing trial for the offence of child defilement.
vi. The Ministry through the Department has embarked on public education and awareness including consultations with key persons and institutions in the State. In this regard the Hon. Attorney General and the Management Team has met with the Council of Traditional Rulers in the State.
3. Prepare and vetting of Legal Advice within one week of assignment
4. Prepare Letters/Memos/Minutes on the day of assignment.
5. Vet draft Letters/Memos/Minutes on the day of assignment.
6. Prepare Court Processes to wit: Motion Papers, Affidavits, Counter-Affidavits, Charge Sheet, Complaint, Information & Proof of Evidence, Notice of Appeal etc, within one week of assignment.
7. Vet draft Court Processes within one week of assignment.
8. Prepare Appellate Brief within three weeks of assignment.
9. Vet draft Appellate Brief within one week of assignment.
10. Prepare briefs of Legal Arguments, Submission and Addresses within two weeks of assignment.
11. Record all Court proceedings in Notebooks (not loose sheets) and attach same to the case file.
12. Notify the office of Rulings and Judgments in all criminal matters on the date of delivery.
13. Collect certified copies of Rulings and Judgments and brief the Director in case file within two weeks of delivery, which file must be transmitted to the Hon. Attorney-General without delay.
14. Collect certified copies of bail bond documents (in cases where Suspects/Defendants are admitted to bail) and brief the Director in case file within two seeks.
CONTACT DETAILS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Public Prosecutions,
Ministry of Justice,
Phase III, State Secretariat Complex,
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
NAME OF DIRECTOR
JULIUS AJIBARE, ESQ.
JULIUS AJIBARE, ESQ.
AKINOLA ABON, ESQ.
A. E. AROGUNDADE, ESQ.
A. O. ONIPEDE, ESQ.
F. O. AWONIYI, ESQ.
SEYI OJO, ESQ.
MRS. SANYA ATOFARATI
MRS. D. O. OYEWOLE
MRS. O. F. AJUMOBI
MR. DEJI JAYEOBA
MRS. O. DANIEL-OJO
MRS. IBIRONKE ODETOLA
MRS. OLASANMI SEUN
MRS. ADEYEMI GRACE ANIKE
MR. AGBOOLA BENSON
CHIEF CLERICAL OFFICER