In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 28th, September, 2020

‘I Remorse Heading Buhari’s Panel Probing Magu’

'I Regret Heading Buhari’s Panel Probing Magu'

Justice Ayo Salami

Justice Ayo Salami


In line with Premium Occasions, Justice Ayo Salami has expressed regrets for heading the presidential panel set as much as examine Ibrahim Magu’s tenure as EFCC chairperson.


This was disclosed by two legal professionals current when the jurist allegedly made the statemen.


Mr Salami allegedly said this on Friday on the shut of Mr Magu’s defence listening to held on the Presidential Villa in Abuja.


The panel, headed by Mr Salami, a former President of the Enchantment Court docket, is investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination following complaints by the legal professional basic of the federation, Abubakar Malami, which led to Mr Magu’s suspension from his EFCC function.


The sitting of the panel has been held behind closed doorways with journalists barred from attending. Journalists have, due to this fact, relied on legal professionals and witnesses who seem earlier than the panel to get particulars of what transpired.


Civil rights organisations and activists have demanded that the sitting of the panel be made public for the sake of transparency and equity. Nevertheless, such calls have been ignored.


Chatting with PREMIUM TIMES in separate interviews, two legal professionals to Mr Magu who have been at Friday’s sitting, Tosin Ojaoma and Zainab Abiola, stated earlier than the graduation of the proceedings, Mr Salami advised them that he regrets accepting the duty to chair the panel.


“All of us sat down as legal professionals, after a bit interval, Justice salami stated he regretted working on this panel.

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“As quickly because the proceedings opened, Salami was stuffed with regrets, he (Salami) introduced out his handkerchief and stated he is filled with remorse taking over the job. Then our group requested him, is it as a result of the panel is but to seek out proof in opposition to our shopper, (Magu), Mr Salami didn’t reply he solely saved saying he regrets taking over the job,” Mrs Abiola stated.


Mr Ojaoma additionally gave an identical narration.

“Mr Salami saved saying he feels embarrassed for speaking up the job. He additionally lamented that for years after he had retired he was seated in his residence consuming Tuwo (a preferred meals from the northern a part of Nigeria),” with none disturbance, Mr Ojaoma advised PREMIUM TIMES.


Mr Salami’s panel was imagined to have despatched in its report, however it requested for extra time to conlcude its project.


Mr Buhari had accepted the institution of the Salami panel, tagged the Judicial Fee of Enquiry beneath the Tribunals of Inquiry Act (Cap T21, LFN, 2004), for the investigation of the actions of the EFCC from Could 2015 to Could 2020.


Mr Magu was arrested in a dramatic method in July and pushed to the Presidential Villa the place the panel seats. He was additionally detained for greater than 4 days on the directive of the panel. He was finally launched however nonetheless attends the panel’s listening to whereas his suspension continues.

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