We will not negotiate with P&ID, says Nigerian Government 

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The Nigerian Government has declared that it will not negotiate withn P&ID in the matter before a UK court.

This followed the court’s grant of a payment of more than £1.5 million  by the company to the Nigerian  Government.

The judge, Cranston J ordered P&ID to make an interim payment of more than £1.5 million within 21 days to cover legal costs Nigeria incurred as part of a successful application for the extension of time to challenge the arbitration award and procedural hearing earlier in the year.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said that the Federal Government of Nigeria was not considering any possibility of negotiations with P&ID.

This is contained in a statement signed by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

The statemrnt was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday  10th day of September, 2020.

the statement reads: “There will be no negotiation or talk of settlement with P&ID or any related party by or on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The recent judgment of the English Commercial Court confirmed our view that P&ID and its cohorts are fraudsters who have exploited our country.  They will not benefit from their corrupt behavior,” he said.

“This is a classic case with overwhelming fraudulent and corrupt undertones. The Federal Government of Nigeria is not considering any possibility of negotiations with P&ID.

“It is has not only fallen within the tall order exception referred to by the Hon Attorney General in his interview with Arise TV yesterday, but lacks any legitimate foundation.

“We will not and cannot negotiate arbitral awards where the basis and foundation rely on fraud, corruption, breach of processes and procedures.

“The Government remains wholly committed to fighting this case to overturn the exorbitant award without paying a single naira of public money to these fraudsters.

 

▪︎Malami debunks Magu’s claim, says successes recorded in P&ID case, product of institutional “collabo”

Meanwhile, Malami has said that the successes recorded at the on-going P&ID arbitration case in the United Kingdom was a product of institutional collaboration and not attributable to a single individual personality.

This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, which was made available to news men in Abuja on Wednesday 9th day of September, 2020.

According to the statement, Malami stated this at “The Morning Show” program of the Arise TV on Wednesday morning while discussing the recent developments related to the Nigeria’s arbitration on the embattled P&ID contract agreement.

“I wonder how one personality can claim victory associated with an institution. Neither the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation -that developed witnesses’ statements in support of the
case that led to the victory nor Abubakar Malami, SAN (as Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice) can in law and logic claim an exclusively personalized victory over a product of intergovernmental, inter-ministerial and multiple-agency collaborative venture,” he said.

Malami’s assertion  followed a statement by Magu through his lawyer, after the UK court ruling, that the suspended EFCC  should be commended not vilified.

According to Malami, in addition to Office of the Attorney-Genral of the Federation and Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Police, Ministries of Information and Foreign Affairs, Central Bank of Nigeria and other related agencies played an extra-ordinarily vital role in the processes and developments that culminated into this landmark victory for the county.

Malami said with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government the era of impunity and compromised that were embedded into the government system was over and the new culture of uncompromising stance for the public interest has come to stay.

The Minister who described the successes recorded by the Nigeria in the recent UK court judgment on P&ID issue as unprecedented said investigations are ongoing and all those who played roles in the sham called contract will be made to face the wrath of the law.

In another development, Malami said the Federal Government was working assiduously to come out with National Arbitration Policy.

“It is our intention to look at the existing legislations, possibility of enhancing them for the purpose of establishing the national interest as the major enabler of, perhaps, amendment to the existing legislations if the need for doing so arises”.

“We are not ruling out the possibility of bringing about Executive Orders to compliment same if the need arises. So, indeed we are looking at the possibility of having in place effective legal framework, national policy and associated legislations that will assist the process,” Malami said.

He said arising from the evolution of arbitrations, as per as the Nigerian state is concerned, the government has established very efficient and reputable centers of arbitrations in Lagos and Abuja.

He said establishment of such centers is a step in the right direction maintaining government resolve to localize what is supposed to be localized as per as the development of arbitration is concerned within the Nigerian State.

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