Welcome to the Website of the Federal Ministry of Justice

The Federal Ministry of Justice is the legal arm of the Federal Government of Nigeria, primarily concerned with bringing cases before the judiciary that are initiated or assumed by the government
It is headed by the Attorney General of the federation who also serves as the Minister of Justice. The Attorney General is appointed by the President, and is assisted by a Permanent Secretary, who is a career civil servant. As of November 2015, the Attorney General is Justice Abubakar Malami. The Permanent Secretary is Mr. Adedayo Toba Apata, SAN (Dayo Apata).
Different departments in the ministry are responsible for:
Public prosecution, Citizens rights, Law reporting, Finance and administration, Planning, research and statistics, Legal drafting, International and comparative law, Civil litigation, Solicitors, Human resource management and Procurement.
  1. Ensuring access to justice for all persons and the observance of the rule of law and due process by all MDAs;
  2. Prosecuting crimes against the State and defending civil cases on behalf of Government; Negotiating and vetting Contracts/Agreements on behalf of MDAs in order to protect national interest;
  3. Rendering timely quality legal advice and ancillary services to MDAs through the pool of Legal Advisers posted to them;
  4. Facilitating the early translation of Government policies into legislation through the Ministry’s legal drafting function;
  5. Ensuring close collaboration with stakeholders, government agencies, civil society and the international community in order to improve on justice delivery, and
  6. Advising government on its treaty obligations, in addition to other sundry services to the legal profession.
  7. Providing guidelines on international and local asset recovery regime,
  8. Tracking of all assets recovered on behalf of the federal government by various law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies.
  9. Assisting the Ministry of Finance in Developing a Whistle-Blowers’ Policy.

To maintain the highest standard of professionalism, to the ideals of fairness and justice and the sustenance of a healthy relationship between all arms and tiers of government.

To make Justice accessible to all, consistent with the ideals of democracy and the rule of law.

The Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation/Minister of Justice


The Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation
Honorable Minister of Justice

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The Solicitor-General of The Federation/Permanent Secretary

Mr. Umar Mohammed

The Ag. Solicitor-General of The Federation
Permanent Secretary

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FOI Portal


Draft Data Protection Bill 2018


Correctional Services & Reform


Asset Recovery Documents


OGP Nigeria




Justice Sector Reform


Press Release

Parastatals – Federal Ministry of Justice


Contact Us

Federal Ministry of Justice, HQ

Plot 71B Shehu Shagari Way,

Maitama Abuja,

Email Addr: info@justice.gov.ng

Phone Number: 08050888806

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