The Public Interest Prevails Over Individual Rights: Malami on El-Zakzaky

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 26 – The immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has argued that where an individual right conflicts with the public interest, the public interest prevails.

This was in response to a question by Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on why he cannot guarantee the rights of Nigerians who have been granted bail but remain in detention. This question bothers on the continued detention of some people, including Shiite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky despite the granting of bail by courts.

Malami also said over $779 million have been recovered by the government in its anti-corruption war.

Malami was addressing the Senate on Friday during his screening for a ministerial appointment.

During the screening, Abubakar Malami from Kebbi state went on a long speech about his achievement as the number one legal officer of the country. He spoke at length about the government’s war on corruption

Malami revealed that during his time as the chief legal officer of the government, the balance in FG recovery account from N19bn to N279bn and 12, 412 criminal cases were prosecuted.

“In three years 12, 412 criminal cases were successfully prosecuted in three years. During my time as AGF, we increased the balance in FG recovery account from N19bn to N279bn.”

In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege said: “You are a good man, a brilliant attorney. More than that, you are a fearless anti-corruption warrior and that is one of the programmes promised to Nigeria by President Buhari.”

Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe asked a controversial question:

“Why have you not been able to guarantee the rights of those who have been granted bail but are still in custody?” This question bothers on the continued detention of some people, including Shiite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky despite the granting of bail by courts.

Malami argued that where an individual right conflicts with the public interest, the public interest prevails.

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