The immediate Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is the apex organ of the institution under the direct leadership of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The main role of this apex office is to provide effective leadership.
Today, this office is supported by 5 legal professionals, namely
- 1 Ag. Assistant DPP (Public Relations),
- 1 Ag. Chief State Attorney (Complaints),
- 2 Senior State Attorney (Public Relations),
- 1 Ag. Senior State Attorney (Personal Assistant to DPP), and
- 1 State Attorney (Complaints).
The functions of the DPP are exercised by him/her either in person or by officers authorized by him or her in accordance with the general and the specified instructions. i.e. State Attorneys, State Prosecutors and other persons appointed as public prosecutors by the DPP.
However, there are some functioned that are exercised by DPP personally
- Withdrawal of cases from courts of law:The power to withdraw cases from courts of law or enter Nolle Proseque cannot be exercised by any other than than DPP. Resident State Attorneys and Prosecutors can only forward deserving cases to DPP for consideration.
- Consent to specific charges: There are some offenses which cannot be prosecuted without the DPP's specific consent, for example, offenses under the Penal Code Act like Incest, and wrongfully inducing a boycott etc, some electoral offences, offences under the Anti Corruption Act. Abuse of Office, Corruption, Causing Financial Loss, Embezzlement etc.
- Appointment of Public Prosecutors: The DPP has the power to appoint any qualified person who is not an employee of the Directorate as a public prosecutor. Such a person must report to the DPP in the exercise of these powers.