- Ibrahim Magu's lawyer has questioned the behind-the-door trial of the suspended EFCC boss
- Oluwatosin Ojaomo, while speaking on the probe, said Magu has not been given a copy of allegations against him
- The lawyer also posited that the Magu probe is not managed on the principle of natural justice
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Oluwatosin Ojaomo, one of the legal representatives of Ibrahim Magu, has faulted the way trial of the suspended EFCC boss is being handled, wondering why it would be conducted behind the cameras.
Ojaomo expressed his objection on Tuesday, July 28, as the seven-man presidential panel constituted to probe Magu proceed with its investigation.
It would be recalled that Magu was summoned on Monday, July 6, by the operatives of the State Security Services, though DSS said he was not arrested but only invited for interrogation.
The suspended EFCC boss, who later spent ten days in detention, was grilled over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by Abubakar Malami, the minister for justice and attorney-general of the federation.
On Wednesday, July 22, the suspended EFCC boss opened defence against the Malami allegations as he teamed up with his lawyers to fight what he termed as injustice against him.
Ojaomo, who spoke with This Day, said the panel’s proceedings should be open to media coverage in order to maintain fairness.
“I am being factual. The man (Magu) has not been given a copy of the petition against him. This is a quasi-judicial panel. The panel is bound by Section 36 (1) of the constitution.
“The panel is bound to observe the principles of natural justice. These are very important issues to be considered. The first thing to be done is to confront him with the allegations,” Ojaomo said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Wahab Shittu, legal counsel to the suspended chairman of the EFCC, has expressed the belief that his client will scale through the floodgate of the allegations levelled against him.
Shittu made this known on Monday, July 20, adding that Magu and Nigerians should expect positive surprises from the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probe.
Speaking on the heels of a comment made by Garba Shehu, senior media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Shittu assured that Magu will come out clean from the investigation.
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