Recall witnesses, Magu’s lawyers tell presidential panel

Recall witnesses, Magu’s lawyers tell presidential panel

- Witnesses in Ibrahim Magu's probe should be recalled, lawyers to the suspended EFCC boss have requested

- The witnesses had earlier testified against Magu in his absence

- According to the lawyers, this is in the interest of fair hearing

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As the probe of the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, continues, he is now seeking a recall of witnesses who testified against him.

Specifically, through his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, he wrote the Justice Ayo Salami-led investigative presidential panel on the case.

According to Channels TV, Magu said that the request to recall several witnesses is in the interest of fair hearing.

The lawyers also insisted that Magu was entitled to participate in the entire proceedings and also have an opportunity to cross-examine all the witnesses.

Part of the letter read:

"We remain counsel of choice to Mr Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Acting Chairman of the ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) hereinafter referred to as “Our Client” and on whose behalf and specific instructions as we write as follows;

"We write to humbly request, in the interest of fair hearing, for the recall of several witnesses who appeared and testified before this judicial commission of inquiry at the time our client was not allowed to participate in the proceedings and cross-examine such witnesses in these proceedings.

"The above request is premised on the fact that our client based on the instrument constituting this panel signed by the president on 3rd of July 2020 is the subject matter of these inquiries.

Recall witnesses, Magu’s lawyers tell presidential panel
Witnesses in Magu probe should be recalled according to lawyers to the suspended EFCC boss. Credit: Premium Times.
Source: UGC

Recall that had reported that Femi Falana, prominent Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, alleged that one of the evidence presented against Magu was false.

Falana's allegation was contained in a letter he wrote the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel which is investigating allegations of abuse of office and insubordination. noted that Falana made the allegation in defence of Magu while making a case for his client, Rachidatou Abdou. had also reported that Magu wrote to the special presidential panel probing him, requesting the appearance of Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation, over the corruption allegation leveled against him.

The anti-corruption sheriff, who wrote through his legal representative Wahab Shittu, pleaded that Malami be summoned in a letter dated Friday, September 4.

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