We’re Not Ruling Out Negotiation With P&ID , Says Attorney-General – Complete News

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Jestice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that the government cannot rule out negotiations with Process and Industrial Development better known as P&ID.

Malami who was a guest on Arise TV  breakfast programme, The Morning Show said negotiations are part of the legal process.

However , he remarked that the government would be guided by the general interest of Nigerians since it had been able to establish that the P&ID contract was obtained through fraudulent means.

He further stated that negotiations after establishing a case of fraud would indeed be a “tall order.”

“Generally speaking, when it comes to judicial proceedings or perhaps arbitral proceedings for that matter, one cannot rule wholeheartedly with clear finality, conclude that there should not be perhaps any room for the possibility of settlement.

“The settlement is indeed an attribute of arbitral and judicial proceedings so you cannot rule out the possibility. But then, where fraud, corruption, material misrepresentation compromises processes and procedures are an issue, I wonder at what point you can now submit to the settlement arrangement taking into consideration what responsibility we have as a nation of sustaining and upholding the public interest.

“So, in as much as I cannot rule out the possibility of a settlement being a natural attribute of arbitral and indeed judicial proceeding, the fact remains that where fraud, corruption, criminality, criminal conspiracy, material misrepresentation are concerned, it is indeed a tall order”, Malami argued.