Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor hails from Edjophe town, Ughievwien Clan of Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State and was born on the 7th of September, 1965 at the then famous Eku Baptist Hospital, Eku to the family of Hon. James Mrakpor (JP), first Executive Chairman of the then Ughelli Local Government and Dr. (Mrs.) E. Mrakpor (JP) the first Supervising Counselor for Health of Ughelli South Local Government Area.
His formal educational sojourn started from Ogbe Primary School, Benin City, Edo State in 1971 where he obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1976. From there, he proceeded to the famous Urhobo College, Effurun in 1976 from where he obtained his West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) Ordinary Certificate in 1981 and later to Iguobazuwa Grammar School, Edo State (1982 – 1983).
Mr. Peter Mrakpor had his University Education at the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State between 1983 and 1988 where he studied Law and obtained a Bachelors of Law (LL.B) degree therefrom in 1988 and immediately proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1988 – 1989 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He has been in Legal practice for over 25 years with professional distinction.
He started legal practice in Lagos, in 1990 as a Solicitor and Advocate in the Chambers of M.P. Ohwovoriole, SAN (1990-1992) having previously completed his compulsory one year National Youth Service in Enugu State where he successfully served in the Chambers of P.O. Nwankoby & Co, as a Solicitor and Advocate.
Peter Mrakpor Esq. also worked in the following Law firms; Wale Ajiboye & Co (1992 – 1993) as Solicitor and Advocate and Head of Chambers, Senior Partner at Mrakpor & Oju (1993 – 1999) and Senior Partner at Crestsolicitors (1999 – 2007). He worked as a Company Secretary with Crownrise Finance & Investments Limited (1994 -1998) and Baba Agbo Group of Companies (1996 – 2002) respectively.
Before his appointment by His Excellency, the Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa as the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice on the 22nd of September, 2015, Peter A. Mrakpor Esq. was a Senior Partner in the Chambers of Peter Mrakpor Esq. where he rendered to his numerous clients several legal opinions and conducted several cases involving Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Commercial Law practice in the High Court of several States in Nigeria, Federal High Courts, Election Petition Tribunals, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
He was the Managing Director of Crestbridge Nigeria Limited and was engaged in the acquisitions, Development and disposal of residential estates, leases and portfolio management as well as educational consultants/agents for the University of the West of England, Bristol, Uk.
Peter Mrakpor, a Bible Scholar with a Certificate in Theology and Leadership Development, is dedicated to the teachings of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is a farmer and was the CEO of MercyGate Christian Leadership Institute and BookHouse Publishing Enterprise, publishers of Prospect Magazine.
By virtue of his appointment, he is a member of the Delta State Judicial Service Commission. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria ICMC and a recipient of several awards of excellence due to his outstanding performance as an Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
He is happily married to Rt. Hon. Evang. (Mrs.) Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor (Ada Anioma), Member, representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, in the Nigeria House of Representatives, and they are blessed with five beautiful children.
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|1992 – 1993
|1993 – 1996
|1996 – 1999
|A.A Utuama, SAN
|1999 – 2007
|2007 – 2007
|D. Akpedeye, SAN
|2007 – 2008
|Victor E. Otomiewo
|2009 – 2011
|C. A. Ajuyah, SAN
|2011 – 2015
|Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor
|Sept. 2015 – Date
The Delta State Ministry of Justice as a statutory Ministry of Government is key to the successful implementation of governmental policies and programmes as it provides the necessary legal framework and advice for Government to achieve its overall objectives.
The Ministry of Justice as a service oriented delivery Ministry is crucial to the formulation of formidable legal instruments to drive the SMART agenda and the prosperity for all Deltans vision of the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is empowered by Section 195 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (amended) where he derives his powers from as the Chief Law Officer of the State Government. The Attorney-General works with the Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary and with other Officers in the Ministry in performing the statutory functions conferred on the Ministry by law.
The functions of the Ministry include:
THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
The desire of the State Government to prevent crime and promote peace and security has also manifested in the vigorous reform process of the various aspects of our Criminal Jurisprudence, both substantive and procedural. To this end, the State is in the process of domesticating the Administration of Criminal Justice Act into a Law of the State. A committee made up of eminent jurists, scholars and lawyers are presently working on the reform of our laws and are currently reviewing the Criminal Justice aspect of it. The Delta State Justice Sector Reform Committee was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in a formal ceremony on the 5th day of May, 2015 at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba. A public hearing on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law took place on Tuesday 9th of August, 2016 at the State House of Assembly. It is hoped that with the passage of the Bill into law, our Criminal Procedure Law will experience its first major reform since 1945 and this will speed up the justice delivery process and make the state more attractive to investors.
Below are some of the legal instruments initiated by the Executive arm of government through the Ministry of Justice for the law and order and good governance of the State.
MoUS ENTERED INTO BY DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT AND FACILITATED BY THE MINISTRY OF JUSTCIE
These MoUs govern Government’s relationship with the aforementioned Institutions/Bodies and to create obligations, responsibilities and to provide an avenue for further contractual legal obligations if and when the need arises.
iii. Delta State Government and Darcano Integrated Services Ltd and Al’Huda Properties Ltd. (An MoU to build a Commercial City in Asaba)
vii. Delta State Government and Yutai Li Nigeria Limited. – (An MoU to provide sustainable solar power generation which is to be located between Umunede and Otolokpo).
viii. Delta State Government and Alpha Energy and Electric. Inc. & Groups. – (An MoU aimed at performing detailed technical due diligence to identify probable locations, size, technology and initial cost of power generation plants).
xii. Delta State Government and Nigeria Institute of Medical Research – (An MoU to establish a research Centre in Delta State).
xiii. Delta State Government and Federal Government of Nigeria – (An MoU to establish an incubation centre in Warri).
The Ministry of Justice through the Department of Public Prosecutions receive criminal case files from the Police Criminal Investigation Department, and the Magistrate Courts for rendering of legal advice on all criminal matters, take over and prosecutes criminal cases at the trial and Appellate Courts and when given a fiat by the Federal Attorney-General, it can also prosecute Federal offences.
From May 29th, 2015 to 7th of September, 2016 the Ministry of Justice through the Department of Public Prosecutions received and rendered a total of 1810 (one thousand and eight hundred and ten) legal opinions and secured over 30 convictions on cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, murder amongst others.
Renovation of Ministry of Justice Headquarter buildings to make it more befitting and conducive; provision of over 230 laptops equipped with e-library (Law Pavilion) for lawyers and non-legal Officers. provision of modern office furniture; development and launch of the Ministry’s official website – www.deltastateministryofjustice.com.ng – where stakeholders and investors could easily access vital information about the Ministry, its operations and innovations especially in the following areas; Laws of Delta State, Legal Reforms, enforcement of law and justice delivery, criminal prosecutions, ADR practice, bills, legal instruments for the ease of doing business in the State, rule of law and good governance etc.
Other infrastructure facilitated by the Ministry include: Internet Connectivity for the staff; Refurbishment of over 5 abandoned official vehicles; Provision of air conditioners; and
Provision of photocopiers – all of which are to aid the work of law officers in the State
REVIEW OF CRIMINAL FILES
The Ministry reviews all criminal case files to ensure that nobody remanded in prison custody while undergoing trial is punished unjustly. The process is also aimed at decongesting Prison facilities in the State.
PREROGATIVE OF MERCY
The Ministry promoted the passage and signing into law of the Delta State Council on Prerogative of Mercy, bill 2016 passed by the Delta State House of Assembly; and the constitution of the Chairman and Members of the Council to advise the Governor in the exercise of his constitutional powers of prerogative of mercy to grant amnesty to deserving prisoners in the State as part of measures to decongest the already overcrowded prisons.
PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT CAMPAIGN
The Ministry has initiated a Public Enlightenment Programme on TV known as Justice Half Hour. The programme is aimed at creating public awareness for members of the public to respect the laws of the land and also to highlight the role of the Ministry of Justice in promoting peace and security, the rule of law and good governance in the State.
The 30 minutes educative programme is also aimed at promoting the spirit of patriotism and encourage our people to exercise their civic responsibilities of reporting activities of criminals as well as encourage witnesses in matters pending in Court to willingly come forward to give evidence during trials against accused person. It is also designed to create public confidence in the minds of our people to join hands with Government in fighting crime and the prosecution of offenders.
The Ministry has restructured its operations in the following ways:
Creation of Appeals Unit to take care of all appellate matters before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court
Creation of the Domestic Violence, Rape and Defilement Unit to handle alarming and rising cases of violence against women in some parts of the State;
Deployment of over 30 DESOPADEC Lawyers to the Ministry to boost the Ministry’s capacity to meet rising needs connected with the State Government and its MDAs and supporting the creation of three additional Zonal Offices
WORK OF DEPARTMENT OF PEOPLE’S RIGHTS IN THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE.
Before the passage of the Multi-door Courthouse Law 2012, in the year 2000, the Government through the Ministry of Justice set up the Department of Peoples Rights vide an EXCO Conclusion E.C. (2000) 22 to provide an alternative to the traditional Court System for dispute resolution.
The hitherto wholesale reliance only on the conventional court-based litigation system with its attendant limitations of technicality, high costs, delays and its unpredictability had in no small measure made the litigation option less attractive to litigants and persons with one grouse or the other. Specifically, it provided no space for non-justiciable grievances which sometimes typify the grievances connected with the Niger Delta among individuals, Host communities, Companies and Government. That lacuna promoted recourse to violence and self-help measures as ready means for the settlement of disputes.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution centre in the State Ministry of Justice called the Department of Peoples Rights was therefore very instrumental in addressing that need by deploying alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in the following areas:
(i) Disputes between Companies and host Communities:
To provide a rational basis for resolving this category of dispute every major company was required to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its host community or communities. Each MoU was to set out the social responsibilities of the respective parties as negotiated by them. The MoU was also to be attested to by the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice by franking and a copy deposited with the Department for the purpose of monitoring its implementation and settling any disputes that may arise therefrom between the parties.
(ii) Common dispute between Landlords and Tenants:
This category of disputes creates insecurity of tenure with its attendant social problems for the tenant and his family. The objective was therefore to uphold security of tenure which is a necessary ingredient of social stability, required for peaceful relations in any society.
(iii) Cases of Violation of Human Rights:
One of the constitutional responsibilities of the government is the protection of the human rights of the individual. The responsibility is carried out by the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Peoples Rights is to help the Ministry become more rights sensitive and responsive to the legal needs of the disadvantaged in particular.
(iv) Dispute between Employers and Employees
This window was created to enable the Department employs relevant methods of dispute resolution to maintain industrial harmony in the State.
(v) Other Dispute:
The Department also had the mandate to handle any other type of dispute that may be referred to the Department by the Governor or any Commissioner from time to time.
(vi) Public Enlightenment Campaigns:
The Department is also authorized to undertake public enlightenment campaigns to educate our people on the criminality of the prevalent anti-social conducts such as extortion, kidnapping, riots, youth hooliganism, mob action with their attendant criminal undertone.
In the discharge of its functions the department is to collaborate with relevant civil society groups such as non-governmental organizations, the private bar and other interested parties to provide greater efficiency and access to justice for all particularly the disadvantaged. The Department, within the period under review, received 452 (four hundred and fifty-two) cases, resolved 150 (one hundred and fifty) of the cases, 50 (fifty) were abandoned by the complainants while 215 (Two hundred and fifteen) are still pending.
This administration has invested massively in capacity building initiatives so as to ensure that the Department of People’s Rights perform its duties, particularly in the area of ensuring that Companies that invest in our State are provided a conducive environment to carry out their businesses without disturbance from Host Communities. A conducive environment to do business is a great incentive for investors to do business in Delta State. These initiatives include:-
Over 60 Mediators and 15 Arbitration Experts have been trained by this administration.
This will ensure that our lawyers spread across the state are competent and well trained to address the needs of Investors across the State on any Community-Company challenges that may arise.
iii. Creation of 25 Mediation Centers across the State by this administration.
The Ministry of Justice presently has a Mediation Centre at Asaba, however in view of the several requests for our services across the State, it became imperative to increase the number of such Centres. This will ensure a rapid response time to the needs of investors or companies operating in the State who have issues with their Host Communities and their employees. The need to come to Asaba is therefore eliminated.
In a bid to make justice accessible to all indigenes, residents and investors, the Ministry of Justice within the period under review established three (3) new Zonal offices in the state to prosecute criminal matters, commercial disputes, civil claims, etc within the respective zones. The zones include:
Ogwashi-Uku/Ibusa Zone was created within the period under review and it covers Aniocha South Local Government Area and part of Oshimili North Local Government Area. The office is situated at Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area.
Akukwu-Igbo/ Issele-Uku also created under this administration covers part of Oshimili North and the entire Aniocha North Local Government Area. The office is located at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area and;
Asaba Zonal Office was also recently created in response to the compelling need to deal with cases in Oshimilli South Local Government Area (the State Capital)
The creation of the various zonal offices has impacted hugely on the access to justice in the State.
The Policy of the Ministry of Justice to insert Dispute Resolution Clauses in all Commercial Contract agreements between the State and its Investors is aimed at ensuring that ADR is attempted as a first option in resolving disputes.