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List of Attorney General In Nigeria (Updated List)

Chief Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi SAN (born 16 July 1959), is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation since 21 August 2023. Here is the list of the Attorney Generals In Nigeria.


List of Attorney General In Nigeria

 Attorney General
1The Federation Mohammed Bello Adoke
2AbiaUmeh Kalu
4Akwa IbomAssam Assam
5AnambraChimezie Ikeazor
6BauchiAlmustapha Hassan
7BayelsaMienyobofa Stephen-Gow
8BenueChive Kaave
9BornoZannah Mallam Gana (Shot dead) 
10Cross RiverAttah Ochinke
11Delta stateJustice Victor Otomiewo
12Ebonyi StateBen Igwenyi
13Edo StateOsagie Obayuwana
14Ekiti StateDayo Akinlaja
15Enugu StateNduka Ikeyi
16Gombe StateZubairu M. Umar
17Imo stateKen Njemanze
18Jigawa stateYakubu Abdullahi Hussaini
19Kaduna StateJonathan k. Adamu
20Kano stateAlhaji Aliyu Umar
21Katsina StateBashir Yusuf (Dropped)
22Kebbi stateAbubakar Boyi Dikko
23Kogi StateRichard Olanitan Elesho
24Kwara StateKamaldeen Ajibade
25Lagos stateAde Ipaye Adeola
26Nasarawa stateMohammed Abdullahi
27Niger StateAdamu Usman
28Ogun StateOluwemimo Ogunde
29Ondo StateEyitayo Jegede, SAN
30Osun StateWale Afolabi
31Oyo StateOjo Adebayo
32Plateau StateEdward Pwajok
33Rivers StateWorgu Boms
34Sokoto StateInuwa Abdulkadir
35Taraba StateIbrahim El Sudi
36YobeAhmed Mustapha Goniri
37Zamfara StateMuhammad Garba

What is the role of the attorney general in Nigeria?

The Attorney General is the representative of the public in all legal proceedings for the enforcement of law and the assertion or protection of public rights. The Attorney General defends the constitutionality of Bills referred to the Supreme Court under Article 26 of the Constitution.

The Role and Functions of the Attorney-General

The Attorney-General is in-charge of the Ministry of Justice and has responsibility for the various departments and agencies of the Ministry which include the Directorates of Civil Litigation, Advisory Services, Legislative Drafting, Public Prosecutions, Administrator-General & Public Trustees, Commercial Law, Citizens’ Rights, Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC), Public Advice Centre (PAC), etc.  In carrying out his function and responsibilities, the Attorney-General acts through the Law officers in each department or agency in the Ministry.

The Attorney-General is the Chief Public Prosecutor in Nigeria for all criminal matters.  In the exercise of his powers to institute, undertake or discontinue criminal proceedings as conferred on him by the Constitution, the Attorney-General shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.

The Attorney-General as the Chief Law Officer of the nation exercises his power and performs his functions either personally or through any Law officer in the department or agency of the Ministry.  His functions include:

  • Giving legal advice to government, Ministries, Statutory bodies and Departments of Government;
  • Arranging for legal officers or lawyers to prosecute criminal matters; arranging for lawyers to institute or defend civil actions on behalf of the country, its parastatals and agencies;
  • Keeping under review all the laws applicable to Nigeria with a view to their systematic development and reform;
  • Preparing executive bills in accordance with directives from the Cabinet for Laws to be enacted by the National House of Assembly;
  • Preparing subsidiary legislation for government Ministries and other Bodies;
  • Attending the National Executive Council meeting where policies are formulated for the nationa; and
  • Performing any other duty that may be assigned to him by the president.

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