Ministry of Justice
The Ministry is made up of the following departments
- Department of Public Prosecutions
- Department of Civil Litigation
- Department of Legal Drafting and Corporate Law
- Department of Administrator-General and Public Trustee
- Department of Citizens’ Rights
- Department of Law Review
- Department of Finance and Administration
Target set by the Ministry for 2011-2012:
- To ensure that rendering of Legal Advice is completed within two weeks of receipt of case file from the Police.
- Take-off of the case management system which would fast track the movement of files right from the receipt of file from the Police to the conclusion of case.
- Ministry of Justice, New Secretariat, Phase III, Ado-Ekiti
- Lawrence Babatope Ojo,
Acting Solicitor-General & Permanent Secretary
The vision of the Ministry of Justice is to provide a system of justice that is simpler, cheaper, more efficient and more responsive to people’s needs with a view to actualizing same with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Moving from the rigid law and order paradion at the same time maintaining a focused, better result oriented clients services through committed Legal Officers who are core professionals rather than mere Civil Servants
Rapid and systematic transformation of the administration of Justice in Ekiti State and improved management of the State Legal Affairs
The Ministry performs the following specific responsibilities:
- Advising Government Ministries Department and statutory corporations as well as State Owned Companies on legal issues.
- Clearing of State Executive Council memoranda on filling of vacancies on chieftaincies and other important policy matters to ensure that they are in conformity with the relevant declaration and the law.
- Advising the law enforcement agencies on desirability or otherwise of prosecution of simple cases in the Magistrate and other inferior courts and prosecuting the more complex cases in the superior courts.
- Preparing information, profs of evidence and other relevant document for filing in the courts
- Representing the government and all its agencies in civil matters before any court.
- Drafting of Executive Bills, Local Government Adoptive-Byelaws, Orders, Instruments and Legal Notices
- Drafting or vetting of agreements or Memoranda of understanding in respect of contract being entered into between the government and its agencies on the one part and outside bodies on the other
- Administering the estates of persons dying intestate as may be referred to the Ministry as well as those who died testate and direct their wills that their estates should be administered by the Administrator-General and Public Trustee
- Revision and reform of the existing laws of the State.
- Recommendation to the Governor on the exercise of the constitutional power to pardon convicts in deserving cases or remit their sentences in part or in whole.
- Liaising between the Executive and the Judicial in matters affecting the administration of Justice.
- Representing the Federal Government in such criminal and civil actions for or against the Government and its agencies as may be specifically delegated to it by the Attorney-General of the Federation.
|Hon. Wale Fapohunda||Honourable Attorney-General /Commissioner for Justice|
|Barr. L.B. Ojo Esq.||Acting Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary|
|Mrs. Bola Wale Esq||Director, Law Review|
|Mr. E.O. Akomolafe Esq||Director, Administrator-General and Public Trustee|
|Mrs. T.M. Akinbolawa||Director, Legal Drafting|
|Mr. A.O. Familoni Esq.||Director, Public Prosecution|
|Mr. A.E.Akpan Esq.||Director, Civil Litigation|
|Mr. A.A. Morakinyo Esq.||Director, Citizens’ Rights|
|Mrs. A.Y. Ayodele||Director, Finance and Administration|
|Makanjola Esan (SAN)||Hon. Commissioner||1st oct., 1996|
|Mr. Adewale Kowe||Hon. Commissioner||Nov. 1997|
|Obafemi Adwale||Hon. Commissioner||June1999 – Oct 23,2002|
|Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi||Hon. Commissioner||Oct 2002 – Jan 2003|
|Chief Duro Aja||Jun 2003|
|Owoseni Ajayi Esq|
|Hon Oyewole gboyega||2007 – 2010|
|Modupe Fasanmi||SG/PS||18th October, 1996|
|Mr. C.I. Akintayo Esq.||18th October, 1998|
|Mr. A.L. Ogunmoye||1st November, 2002|
|Barr. Dayo Akinlaja Esq||Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice|
|Hon. Wale Fapohunda||Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice||2018 – 2022|
Ekiti state government has reaffirmed it’s commitment to fighting
insecurities and crime across the state.
The state Attorney and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Dayo Apata SAN
gave the assurance while receiving the state Commissioner of Police in
his office in Ado Ekiti.
Mr Apata, SAN who commended the state police command for maintaining
low record of crime in the state, said that the administration would
be ready to support the security outfits in the state to fight
The state Attorney General welcomed the state police commissioner and
promised the support of the present Administration to the police
command in the state.
In his remark the Ekiti state Police Commissioner, Mr Dare Ogundare
lauded the support of the present administration to the command and
solicited for more.
CP Ogundare stated that the command was ready to work with Ministry of
Justice on legal issues that involve the police command in the state.
At the occasion were the state Solicitor general, Mr Sunday Bamise,
the Directors of the ministry and top Police officers from the State
GWR: EKITI GOVERNMENT BANS PLANNED KISS-A-THON
…propagators risk three years jail term
The Government of Ekiti State has issued a notice that it would
prosecute owners of facilities that would be used for a proposed 3-day
Kiss-A-Thon programme which is aimed at breaking a Guiness World
According to a Prohibition noticed signed by the State Attorney
General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Dayo Apata (SAN) in Ado-
Ekiti on Thursday, any person or corporate body that allows himself/
herself and facilities to be used in executing the proposed programme
in the State would be prosecuted before an appropriate court.
Apata said the State Government considered the proposed programme as
“an indecent act, absurd, unhealthy and capable of denigrating the
image of Ekiti State and same is contrary to the law of Ekiti State”.
The Attorney General added that the planned Kiss-A-Thon programme is
contrary to sections 148 and 150 of the Criminal law (2021) which
prohibits indecent acts and practices in the State, and anyone who
violates the law is guilty of felony and is liable to imprisonment for
“The Ekiti State Government has been inundated with a proposed planned
3-day prograamme by some individuals in Ekiti State tagged KISS-A-THON
(a programme meant to be a 3-day kissing marathon event planned
towards setting a Guiness World Record). The State Government has
considered the proposed planned event as an indecent act, absurd,
unhealthy and capable of denigrating the image of Ekiti State and same
is contrary to the law of Ekiti State, particularly sections 148 and
150 Criminal Law no 21 of 2021 which prohibits indecent acts and
practices in Ekiti State”.
“That pursuant to the provisions of the law and any other relevant
laws applicable in Ekiti State, the proposed programme tagged
KISS-A-THON is hereby prohibited throughout the breadth and length of
“Consequently, no individual or corporate body is allowed to embark
upon and/ or execute the proposed planned KISS-A-THON in Ekiti State.
That any person and/or corporate body that allows himself or herself
and /or facilities to be used in executing/ propagating the proposed
planned programme in Ekiti State will be prosecuted before the
appropriate court and dealt with according to the law ”, the Attorney