By Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
8. 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 In an effort to strengthen bilateral relationships with other foreign investors in the country, the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice continued to work towards improvement in bilateral relations with other nations through the preparation and vetting of Agreements/Memorandum of Understandings aimed at attracting foreign investments and has vetted and cleared over 250 agreements.
In July 2022, oil and gas related matters were negotiated and relevant instruments executed during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Spain and Portugal. Nigeria also negotiated and signed Agreements/Memorandum of Understanding with Ivory Coast, Burundi, Rwanda, Turkey, Gambia, South Africa, Iran, Benin Republic, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, etc With these initiatives, more businesses were developed/enhanced and Nigeria’s ranking in ease of doing business was elevated.
9. 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐃𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 The office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice facilitated the ratification of Nigeria’s Accession to the (Budapest) Convention on Cybercrime (CETS No.185) which was assented to by the President on 4th July 2022.
The (Budapest) Convention on Cybercrime is the sole international instrument on Cybercrime which sets out the framework for harmonizing Criminalization, procedural powers and International Cooperation – all of which serve Nigeria’s strategic national interest in the fight against Cybercrime, and aligns with the National Cyber security Strategy, 2021.
Similarly, through the Office of the AGF Nigeria coordinating African Continent on support, ratification and domestication of the Rome Statute. In December last year, Malami stated this in Netherlands while delivering Nigeria’s County Statement at the 21st session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Hague.
10. 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice recovered a total sum of £6,324,627.66 (Six Million, Three Hundred & Twenty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred & Twenty Seven Pounds, Sixty-Six Pence) from various jurisdictions between March 2021 and May 2022.
Some of the recovered funds are being utilized judiciously in the financing of critical infrastructures including Abuja – Kano Expressway, Second Niger Bridge, and Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.
11. 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐩𝐚𝐲𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝟐𝟎𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice was able to save Nigerian from the payment of N20 billion
damages. The legal team from the Chambers of the Attorney General of the Federation defended the Federal Government at the Ibadan Division of the Court of Appeal against the enforcement of the damages regarding the arrest of Yoruba nation agitator; Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
(to be continued).