The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Abdullahi Yola

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Justice has declared itself ready to prosecute any person indicted by relevant agencies of government for corruption and misappropriation of public funds.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Abdullahi Yola,‎ made the declaration while fielding questions from journalists shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of the ministry’s activities inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

Yola explained that his ministry’s job is rather dependent on the anti-graft agencies and only starts when the agencies forward its report findings on indicted individuals for prosecution. According to him, no such indicting report had been received by the ministry so far. “If the ministry receives reports of investigations concluded by the responsible agencies, we will play our part. At the moment, the ministry is not in receipt of any report concerning that,” the Permanent Secretary claimed.

He, however, assured that the ministry will take up “prosecution of whoever has been found wanting”, once the security agencies have concluded investigation on that.

Yola further disclosed that he briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on how the ministry has been conducting itself by maintaining the rule of law since 2011.

By Olisemeka Obeche


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