Kano State Commissioner of Information just released a statement in which he claimed that the Attorney General of Kano State has instituted a “criminal case” against Jaafar Jaafar and Daily Nigerian. While reading the release, the following legal questions crossed my mind:
1. Can the Attorney General file a Charge or Complaint in this case without any investigation by the police? Or was the police rushed to complete their investigation within few hours without inviting Jaafar Jaafar or his alleged source!?
2. Or did Attorney General personally conduct the investigation? Does he have such power? Who will testify as the investigating officer? His DPP?
3. Can the Attorney General truly act as an officer of the Court in a case which involves his employer and boss from whom he takes orders?
4. Did the Attorney General only institute the suit to get Jaafar Jaafar come to Kano so that they may use the judiciary which is under the direct control of the governor (because the Chief Judge is acting at the pleasure of the Governor) to detain Jaafar Jaafar unjustifiably?