- The charges against Ibrahim Magu are still generating polarised opinions across quarters
- Prof Itse Sagay has faulted the Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probing the embattled EFCC boss
- The PACAC chairman said those probing Magu are his accusers which is bad for the ongoing investigation
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An eminent law professor, Itse Sagay, has said that the charges against Ibrahim Magu are still "allegations in petition" and thus cannot be used against the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss until solid evidence are established.
Sagay, who is chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), made this known in a statement on Monday, August 10, while making his stand known on the investigation being carried out by retired justice Ayo Salami-led committee.
The law professor said it is wrong to use the shreds of evidence presented by people and agencies under the probe of EFCC against the embattled anti-graft czar.
Sagay also faulted the composition of the Salami-led probe panel, saying it is only the president of the appeal court that has no personal interest in Magu's case.
According to him, other people who constituted the presidential investigation panel are not neutral, hence the reason pieces of evidence are being taken "behind Magu’s back."
Sagay further emphasised that those probing Magu, according to his research, are his accusers who he might have stepped on their toes.
“Justice Salami appears to be the only neutral person on the panel," the PACAC president stated.
“I criticised the Salami panel for taking evidence from the accusers behind Magu’s back and for not giving him the petitions against him in advance of his defence.
“Also from the reports we read, the panel is packed with representatives of the DSS (Department of State Services), the Ministry of Justice and others from security agencies. These are also his accusers."
Magu is being grilled following a petition by the minister of justice and attorney general Abubakar Malami, accusing the anti-corruption sheriff of insubordination and alleged relooting of recovered funds.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Magu challenged Malami to produce evidence of the allegations against him.
The embattled EFCC boss while appearing at the Presidential Investigation Panel 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.
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