New Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,Abubakar Malami (SAN) yesterday gave reasons why former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) would not be allowed to seek medical treatment abroad.
Nigerian Pilot recalled that the Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered the Federal Government to allow the embattled NSA to travel overseas for medical attention, but the prosecution had flagrantly disobeyed the court’s order and had since laid siege at Dasuki’s Abuja residence.
Dasuki is being tried over alleged illegal possession of arms and
money laundering before the court, a charge he pleaded not guilty to.
Malami who officially resumed duties yesterday at the Justice Ministry Headquarters in Abuja, where he had a maiden meeting with heads of agencies and parastatals under the ministry, told journalists that the erstwhile NSA could not be allowed to travel abroad due to fresh investigations being carried out on him.
He said: “In some of these cases for example, some of these high profile alleged culprits might be involved in multiple issues that might require investigation.
“If you are granted bail in respect of one set of issues, and new
other monumental criminal offences arise, I believe the laws of the land requires investigation, and you are bound as a good citizen of the country to submit yourself to investigation.
“The interest of the nation always reigns supreme above an individual interest regardless of his or her status in any circumstances.
“So, when the issue of national interest is at stake and has to be
investigated properly, individual interest naturally gives way. It is not enough to conclude that an order is flouted, but then you have to look at the peculiarities of the prevailing cases on the ground. You can be granted bail in respect of a case, and if you have multiple other cases that public policy demands investigation; it is only natural that investigation should be allowed to be concluded having regard to the public interest which reigns supreme over and above an individual interest.”
The AGF, however, stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was committed to the principle of rule of law.
The Justice Minister disclosed that all pending corruption cases
involving politically exposed individuals would be revisited with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.
“I want to state categorically that among the issues that I personally observed arising from the prosecution of cases is the compromise through the investigative process and prosecution process of cases. It is a position that we shall indeed have an audit of high profile cases and ensure that those that are found wanting through the compromise of investigative processes can indeed be prosecuted.
“Those that have in one way or the other compromised the investigation and prosecution of cases regardless of whether they are ‘low profile or high profile cases’ shall definitely be prosecuted in line with the rule of law.”
Speaking on his programme of action to reposition the ministry for optimum performance of its mandate, Malami said constant training of legal officers in international best practices would be his priority.

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