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This page consists of all infomation about the Ministry of Justice ranging from its functions, present and past Commissioners, Present and past Permanent Secretaries and Agencies under the Ministry.

About the Ministry

The Ministry of Justice was established on 27th August 1991.

Functions/Achievements of the Ministry

The Ministry was designed primarily for the following functions:

  1. Rendering legal advice to the Government.
  2. Rendering legal advice to the Police.
  3. Rendering legal advice to M.D.A’s (Ministries, Departments and Agencies).
  4. Prosecution for and on behalf of the State.
  5. Defending Government in all suits filed by an individual or corporate bodies.
  6. Litigation and general practice.
  7. Drafting legal documents.
  8. Representation at ministerial tender boards.
Agencies Under the Ministry

None for now.

The Honorable Commissioner

The Honorable Commissioner, Yakubu Maikasuwa (SAN).

Profile coming soon.

The Permanent Secretary
Apwenyang Yamusa Shitta. Solicitor General Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Apwenyang Yamusa Shitta. Solicitor General Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice.

Apwenyang Yamusa  ESQ. was born on 9th Aug. 1960 and hails from Ussa L.G.A. He is married with five children. He likes travelling, reading and drama.

Apwenyang began his educational pursuit at local education Authority primary school Rufu from 1968-1974, where he enrolled in to Government secondary school Takum between 1974-1979, he proceeded to the university of Maiduguri between 1980-1984,where he obtained his LL.B (Hons.),he later proceeded to Nigerian law school V.I. Lagos between 1984-1985,after then he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for his masters in internal Affairs and Diplomacy.


– Diligent prosecution of criminal cases.

– Diligent handling of some civil cases.

– Commendation letter (MOJ/PER/8/VOL.11/78 of 27/2/2014.


– Workshop on enhancing efficient public procurement practice 25-29-Nov.2019.

– Industrial Training Fund; Work Ethics & Productivity Improvement Workshop. 18 July – 5 August 2011.

– A 2- day workshop on electronic evidence practice in Nigeria Nov. 2019.

– Jalingo classis 2009 church workers workshop from 15 to 16 October 2009.

– Chartered institute of Arbitrators; Associate membership course 8-10

May 2008.

– Special Policy Summit/Workshop on Criminal Justice Reforms Umuahia, June 2-6-2014.

– Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre 18-19 Sept. 2002.


– Member on a five-man white paper drafting committee on the recent ethno-religions crisis between communities in Ibi and wukari local government areas. 30 Oct. 2013.

– Member, Board of Survey Committee on 31 Aug. 1994.

– Member, Governing Council College of Nursing and Midwifery from

14 March 2017.

Past Commissioners
Past Commissioners that served in the Ministry are represented in the table below;
1.Hon. (Chief) Samuel Baba Adda
2.Mr. Yusuf Nya Akirikwen ESQ
3.Barr. Ahmed Umaru
4.Barr. Musa A Tende
5.Barr. G T Kataps
6.Barr. Sa’adatu M Bello
7.Barr. I.T Elsudi
2010 – 2011
8.Barr. Ilesha Nyaro 2007 – 2009
9.Barr. G.T Kataps
2003 – 2007
10.Barr. Batsheba Y. Riki
2001 – 2003
11.Barr. A.I Rudanyuba 1999 – 2001
12.Barr. Aisha J Bage
1998 – 1999
13Barr. Moh’d Baba Dada 1993 – 1996
14.Barr. Yusuf Aliyu 1991 – 1993
Past Permanent Secretaries
Past Permanent Secretaries that served in the Ministry are represented in the Table below;
1.Barr. Magaji Aji
2014 – 2019
2.Barr. Bakari M. Isa
2012 – 2014
3.Barr. Magaji Aji
2007 – 2012
4.Barr. Bakari M. Isa
1997 – 2007
5.Barr. Mike Nyam
1994 – 1997
6.Barr. Yakubu Tukura 1991 – 1992