Justice Salami orders lawyers of embattled EFCC boss out of panel

Justice Salami orders lawyers of embattled EFCC boss out of panel

- Justice Ayo Salami walked out two of Ibrahim Magu's lawyers from the presidential panel venue

- The head of the presidential panel ordered the lawyers out of the venue shortly after they were introduced

- Salami noted that only Wahab Shittu is allowed to defend the embattled EFCC boss

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Following the investigation of Ibrahim Magu, there was mild drama at the venue of the presidential panel probing the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) on Monday, September 14.

The Cable reports that Justice Ayo Salami, head of the panel caused a stir when he asked security operatives to walk out two of Magu’s lawyers, Zainab Abiola and Aliyu Lemu, out of the proceedings shortly after they were introduced.

It was gathered that trouble started at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry taking place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when Wahab Shittu, Magu's counsel, introduced other members of the embattled EFCC boss's legal team.

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However, Shittu was interrupted by Salami who insisted that only he would be allowed to represent the former EFCC acting chairman.

Justice Salami orders lawyers of embattled EFCC boss out of panel

Justice Salami walked out two Ibrahim Magu's lawyers. Photo credit: dnllegalandstyle and Businessday
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Salami went on to order security operatives to throw the lawyers out of the panel.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Femi Falana, a 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 Salami-led presidential panel which is investigating allegations of abuse of office and insubordination.

The senior lawyer made the allegation in defence of Magu while making a case for his client, Rachidatou Abdou.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Magu tried to recall witnesses who testified against him.

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

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.

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In a related development, Magu wrote to the special presidential panel probing him, requesting the appearance of Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation, over the corruption allegation leveled against him by the minister.

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

In his letter to the chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, the embattled EFCC boss applied for the issuance of a subpoena on Malami to appear before the panel.

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