In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 24th, September, 2020

Malami Makes A U-turn, Refuses To Testify Earlier than Salami Panel

Malami Makes A U-turn, Refuses To Testify Before Salami Panel

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Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Lawyer-Normal of the Federation, has written a letter to the Presidential panel probing the suspended performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Ibrahim Magu, The PUNCH reviews.

Malami, who can also be the Minister of Justice, advised the panel led by Justice Ayo Salami that he wouldn’t be capable of seem earlier than the investigative physique due to the privileges of his workplace.

The event comes lower than two weeks after the AGF boasted that he would seem earlier than the panel to testify if he was invited.

Magu’s authorized staff led by Mr. Wahab Shittu, had subpoenaed Malami, demanding that he seem earlier than the panel to substantiate the allegations he most popular in opposition to the suspended EFCC boss.

Nonetheless, it was learnt that in the course of the sitting of the panel on Wednesday, Salami learn out a letter from Malami stating that he would not be capable of seem.

Confirming the incident to The PUNCH on Thursday, a lawyer to Magu, Mr. Tosin Ojaomo, mentioned they have been all shocked when Justice Salami learn out the letter.

He mentioned, “We have been all gathered on the Presidential Villa for the day’s proceedings when Justice Salami learn out a letter from the AGF. The AGF acknowledged that he wouldn’t be capable of testify as a result of his constitutional function doesn’t embody testifying. He mentioned his obligation was to prosecute and file fees.

“I used to be shocked as a result of Part 174 of the structure doesn’t give the AGF such privileges. Isn’t it humorous that the AGF who levelled a sequence of allegations in opposition to Magu is now refusing to substantiate the allegations that emanated from his workplace?”

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When contacted on the phone, the Spokesman for the AGF, Dr. Umar Gwandu, requested our correspondent to ship him a textual content message and he would reply appropriately.

Nonetheless, he had but to take action as of press time.

Magu was suspended in July based mostly on some reviews by investigative panels arrange by the AGF.

A few of the allegations have been that Magu was unable to account for the curiosity accrued to over N500bn in recovered funds and that he allegedly purchased a home in Dubai for N570m.

The suspended EFCC boss was additionally mentioned to be at loggerheads with the AGF and had refused to obey directions from his workplace.

Nonetheless, in the middle of the investigation by the panel, the probe was prolonged to a number of different instances together with that of convicted former Inspector-Normal of Police, Tafa Balogun.

Over 40 individuals together with these standing trial for corruption have testified earlier than the panel, a transfer which has been criticised by Magu’s staff and different anti-corruption teams.

The panel is meant to have ended its sitting since final month however was given a six-week extension which lapses this month

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