Presidential panel rejects Magu’s request, pledges fair hearing

Presidential panel rejects Magu’s request, pledges fair hearing

- The embattled EFCC chief, Magu, has been denied his request for video recording of his probe

- The presidential panel probing the activities of the EFCC under Magu said his request cannot be granted

- Magu was, however, assured of fair hearing by the committee

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The presidential committee probing Ibrahim Magu, the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has rejected the EFCC chief's request for video recording.

The Cable reports that the panel headed by Ayo Salami, retired president of the appeal court, however, assured the embattled EFCC boss of fair hearing.

The committee is probing the activities of the anti-graft commission under Magu.

Presidential panel rejects Magu’s request, pledges fair hearing

Presidential panel rejects Magu’s request, pledges fair hearing. Photo credit: Premium Times
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“The members are not conducting a trial or inquiry on Mr Ibrahim Magu nor the EFCC,” the source quoted Salami to have said.

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“This is not a panel but a committee saddled only with investigation. The request of Mr Ibrahim Magu for the video recording of the proceedings cannot be granted because the previous recordings of the proceedings at the beginning was unauthorised by the investigation committee and the committee does not know the purpose such recordings will serve.

“The venue of the sitting of the committee is temporary and therefore it is impossible to install video recording equipment as requested by Magu. Even the superior courts of records do not have video recording facilities and lack of such facilities does not infringe on fair hearing.

“The committee undertakes to guarantee fair hearing to Magu and all appearing before it in its fact finding exercise.”

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Magu challenged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami to produce evidence of the allegations against him.

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The embattled EFCC boss while appearing the presidential investigation committee in Abuja refuted corruption allegations leveled against him by Malami who is also the minister of justice.

Magu in a 26-page statement of defence insisted that the petition against him is false and untrue, adding that it is targeted at destroying his hard-earned reputation as an incorruptible officer.

According to Magu, the anti-graft agency's structure on the recovery of assets would not allow any form of mismanagement.

He went on to note that recovered funds were transferred via bank drafts to recovery accounts domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under his watch.

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Source: Legit Newspaper

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