Why El-Zakzaky, Dasuki, others are still in custody despite court orders – Malami
A minister nominee and immediate past Attorney General of the Federal (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Friday explained why he was not able to ensure that some Nigerians who were granted bail by court are still languishing in prison custody.
A former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, had obtained different court rulings ordering for his release. A leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, also got a court order for his release, but none of them were honoured by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Malami, whose former office, has the responsibility to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are never infringed upon, however said he had to “disobey court orders in public interest.”
He had cited the Supreme Court ruling in the matter between a former militant leader, Asari Dokubo and the Federal Government, where the apex court held that national interest supersedes individual rights.
Malami stated this while responding to questions by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who had asked him to explain why he was unable to guarantee the rights of Nigerians who have been granted bail but are still in custody.
The former AGF had appeared before the Senate at the ongoing screening of ministerial nominees, which President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the lawmakers on Tuesday.
RED ALSO: With 24 down, Senate continues today, as ‘take a bow and go’ dominates ministerial screening
Also responding to why Buhari rejected the PIGB bill, Malami said that it was rejected because “oil-producing host communities were compromised and self-serving sections were being brought into the bill.”
There are strong insinuations that Buhari may reappoint Malami AGF in his second term cabinet.
On what should be expected from him should Buhari ask him to retain the post of AGF, he assured the lawmakers that he would work to strengthen the relationship between the executive and the legislature.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Untold story of how inconsistent salary payment frustrates Cross River road sweepers
In this report, ARINZE CHIJIOKE chronicles the pains of street sweepers in Cross River State, and how inconsistent salary payment...
INVESTIGATION: How insider abuse, shoddy handling of contracts by non-existent firms hamper teachers’ productivity in Kano
In efforts to improve productivity of teachers in public schools in Kano State, the state’s Ministry of Education, disbursed over...
A tale of Kwara public school where pupils learn under the tree without chalkboards
“You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” – Vince Gowmon But...
SPECIAL REPORT: Indiscriminate waste dumps, open defecation pose threat of epidemic in Kwara as govt slow to act
Forty three-year-old Bilikis Abdulrahman covered her pineapple fruit she is selling inside a white bucket container. This, she does to...
SPECIAL REPORT: Women displaced by conflict in North-Central Nigeria become farm helps to survive
Displaced women finding refuge in Abagena camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Makurdi, Benue State have resorted to...