Abubakar Malami.

Former Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) has explained that some people remain in custody in spite of being granted bail because if an individual’s interest conflicts with public interest, the public interest will naturally prevail.

Malami made this known while responding to a question asked by the Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, during his ministerial screening on Friday.

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The senior advocate said the office of the AGF had the responsibility to always protect the interest of the public over that of individuals.

He said, “The office of the Attorney General is meant to protect the public interest and where the individual interest conflicts with the public interest, the interest of 180 million Nigerians that are interested in having the country integrated must naturally prevail.

“I think that position has been very well stated by the apex court in the case of Asari Dokubo VS the Federal Republic of Nigeria that when an individual’s interest conflicts with public interest, the public interest will naturally prevail.”

Meanwhile, Malami also outlined some of the successes recorded during his time in office.

Some of them included a 159 percent increase in recoveries, discovery of 230,000 ghost workers, enforcement of the BVN, Nigeria’s joining of the International Open Government Initiative and the establishment of the Whistle Blower Policy.

He said if returned as a minister he would ensure better collaboration among the arms of government.