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Our History

Kano State Ministry of Justice is created in the year 1967 after the creation of Kano which was carved out of the Northern Province; its major function is providing legal services to the Government by handling cases on behalf of the state in courts across the country prosecution of criminal cases, issues legal advice to MDAs and State Agencies and parastatal, drafting Bills /Amending Laws. Drafting MOU, contract agreements and vetting of legal documents and instruments on behalf of Kano State Government on its Agencies and attending other legal issues assigned to it.

Structure of the ministry of Justice

Office of the Honourable Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice

The Ministry is headed by the office of the Attorney-General who is also the Commissioner of Justice of the State. The office is enshrined under Section 211 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended. Unlike other Commissioners, a person cannot hold office or perform the functions of the Attorney General unless he is qualified to practice as a Legal Practitioner in Nigeria and has been  so qualified for not less than ten (10) years.

The Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice is the Chief Law officer of the State Government. Infact, the Ministry of Justice is also referred to as the Attorney – General Chambers.

Since its inceptions, the Ministry has had 15 such Attorneys General including the incumbent. These are :-

  1. Alhaji Zakari Muhammad               1972 – 1975
  2. Justice Abubakar Bashir Walil        1976 – 1979
  3. Alh. Rabi’u Danlami Muhammed  October to December 1983
  4. Alhaji Sanusi Chiroma Yusuf          1985 – 1988
  5. Alhaji Umar Farouk Abdullahi        1988 – 1991
  6. Alhaji Aliyu El-yakub                         1991 – 1992 & 1994 – 1997
  7. Alh. A. B. Mahmoud SAN                 1992 – 1993
  8. Abdullahi Ahmed Yola                      1997 – 1999
  9. Alh. Balarabe Bello  Rogo                1999 – 2002
  10. Rilwanu Muhammed Aikawa          2002 – 2003
  11. Alh. Aliyu Umar SAN                         2003 –  2011
  12. Maliki Kuliya Umar                            2011 – 2015
  13. Haruna Muhammad Falali               2015 – 2017
  14. Ibrahim Mukhtar                               2017 – 2020
  15. Musa Abdullahi Lawan                     2020 to date
Office of the Solicitor General / Permanent Secretary

The office of the Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary is responsible for the administration and finance of the Ministry. The Solicitor General “steps into the shoes” of the Attorney General in his absence and whenever there is no incumbent Attorney General.

Since the creation of the Ministry there had been 18 such Solicitor General including the incumbent. These are:-

  1.  Alhaji Nuhu Usman   1968 – 1972
  2. Alhaji Sani Aikawa       1970 – 1977
  3. Alhaji Adamu Minjibir  1977 – 1978
  4. Alhaji Sale Umar Minjibir 1978 – 1979
  5. Alhaji Rabiu Dan Lami 1979 – 1981
  6. Alhaji Ibrahim Mudi 1982 – 1983
  7. Alhaji Abdu Aboki October 1983 – December 1983
  8. Alhaji Sani Yusuf Ciroma 1984 – 1985
  9. Alhaji Abubakar Modibbo 1985 – 1986
  10. Alhaji Aliyu El-Yakub 1986 – 1988
  11. Alhaji Shehu Atiku 1988 – 1990
  12. Alhaji Bilyamin Sabo Adamu 1990 – 1991
  13. Hajiya Tani Yusuf Hassan 1992 – 1993
  14. Alhaji Abdullahi Ahmed Yola 1993 – 1996
  15.  Rilwan Muhammed Aikawa 1996 – 2002
  16. Alhaji Surajo Sa’ed 2002 – 2013
  17. Alhaji Mukhtar Sani Daneji 2013 – 2019
  18. Hajiya Amina Yusuf Yargaya 2019 to date
Departments

Presently, the Ministry of Justice has eight number departments namely:

  1. Public Prosecution Department
  2. Civil Litigation Department
  3. Legal Drafting Department
  4. Citizens’ Rights Department
  5. Legislative Drafting Department
  6. Planning Research and Statistics Department
  7. Shari’a Department
  8. Administration and General Services Department

Departments of ministry of justice kano

A. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PROSECUTION

This department deals with the prosecution of criminal cases in courts, on behalf of the Attorney General of the State, issues legal advice on criminal matters to the police, it also over look and continue with any such criminal proceedings that may have been instituted by any other authority or person.

It is in line with the responsibility heavenly attached to this department and for convenience of official task; the department is divided into units i.e. Homicide, Fraud, Robbery, and General section, which includes the mediation centers.

B. DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL LITIGATION

This department is saddled with civil matters on behalf of the state, the local government and parastatal and the rent tribunal, among its duties, the department gives advice in cases of disputes arising out of contracts and agreements, it may also goes to court if the need  arises, it also gives advice to land and survey on land matters. Likewise, the civil litigation department represents’ the state on Appeal cases in civil matters in the High Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

C. DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL DRAFTING

As the name implies, the department is responsible for drafting legal advice and vetting of government Bills, legal option and drafting of commercially oriented legal documents in areas of contracts and agreements, without the input and collaboration of private law firms, project meetings and inter-ministerial meetings in respect of contractual transaction, it also represent government at negotiation, opinions and help it vets to structure legal agreements in this regard.

Equally, Bonds and Guarantees to ensure sufficiency to cover the risk exposure of the MDAs.

D. DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENS RIGHT

The major function of the department is to assists the members of the public seek their rights, it investigates any infringement of such rights, also handles state Briefs and mediate through alternative dispute resolution between persons or authorities/corporations so as to ensure amicable settlement, mark you, this department, does not conduct or prosecute cases in courts.

E. LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING

This department is involved in the preparation of proposed legislation whether principal or subsidiary which includes but not limited to subsidiary or secondary legislation, administrative orders, notices, rules, warrants and similar instruments, in the performance of the functions, the legislative drafters main objective is to identify the legal objectives and meets them fully in a proposed legislation, it also include taking drafting instructions and conducting relevant research, preparing draft bills and subsidiary legislations such as regulation, orders, rules, and other instruments for consideration by the executive council, preparation of various council memorandum and notes used for legislation and presentation of proposed subsidiary legislation for consideration and approval of the executive council (EXCO) etc.

F. DEPARTMENT OF SHARI’A

The Department handles legal advices on Shari’a criminal cases prosecution of offences under Shari’a Law before categories of Shari’a courts, it is also responsible for handling appeals at Upper Shari’a court of Appeal involving the state, similarly, it handles Shari’a Appeals before courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, involving the state and taking over prosecution of Shari’a Criminal cases from police prosecution at Shari’a Courts.

G. DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

The responsibility of PRS is to handle all Development planning and monitoring of the Ministry/Parastatal sector in liaison with ministry of planning and Budget. It also involves planning for the implementation of the Ministry’s programmes projects and other activities, among its duties is management of statistical Data within the organization in liaison with the Ministry of Planning and Budget, P.R.S Department acts as the secretariat of the Tender Board in MDAs and also is reasonable for the operations/services of library, computers and Data Bank.

H. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL SERVICES

This department handles all administrative day – to – day proceedings such as, personal matters, finances, accounts, and general services of the ministry which includes matters relating to promotion, discipline, training staff, welfare, stores and maintenance of official vehicles among others.

I. JUSTICE SECTOR REFORM TEAM

The Reform Team is responsible for identifying Justice Sector related problems and proffering elasting solutions to the problems, it is among its duties, maintenance of the three community mediation centers including payment of salaries and allowances running cost of the centers, state briefs in criminal trials for indigenous members of the society and issuance of witness fees in criminal trials.

The Justice Sector Reform team comprises of the Attorney General/Commissioner of Justice as the chairman, representatives from the Police, Prison, Hisbah, the Chief Registrar from Judiciary, representation from NDLEA, Law Reform Commission, Directors from Public Prosecution and Citizens Rights department in the ministry,  Anti-Corruption Commission, Representative of NBA, FEDA chairman, RoLAC, Secretary JSC, Civil Society among others.

As at now, the funds have been exhausted and the budgetary allocation for year 2020 has not been released.

Staff strength

Ministry of Justice has a total number of One Hundred and Eighty Two (182) which includes staff posted from office of the Head of Civil Service, Ministry of Finance, State Audit as shown below:
S/N NAMES GRADE LEVEL TOTAL
1.
Attorney General / Commissioner for Justice
2.
Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary
3.
Directors
17
11
4.
Asst. Deputy Directors
15
11
5.
Chief State Counsel
14
22
6.
Principal State Counsel
13
41
7.
Senior State Counsel
12
10
8.
State Counsel
10
40
9.
Chief Typist
09
3
10.
Higher Registrar
08
22
11.
C.C.O/CM
07
6
12.
Asst. Registrar
06
7
13.
Pol/CT
05
2
14.
Higher Messengers
04
2
15.
Senior Messenger
03
5
Total
182