Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, (SAN), on Friday took over the case against Omoyele Sowore from the Department of State Services.
Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Minister, confirmed the new development to the media earlier today.
Briefing newsmen on the takeover, Gwandu said a letter on behalf of the minister was sent by Mr Dayo Apata (SAN) to the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, directing the security agency to “promptly forward all the case files” to the AGF office.
The letter by Apata, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, was a response to a September 9, 2019, letter sent to the AGF.
The statement by the media aide to the AGF reads in part, “The Solicitor-General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN, who signed the letter, referred to a letter from the DSS office on September 9, 2019.”
It quoted Apata’s letter as stating that “the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case, has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice, in line with the provisions of Sections 150 (1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”