- Justice minister, Abubakar Malami, has been told to excuse himself from the Ibrahim Magu probe
- A civil society group, GICN, said the minister's appearance as a witness will alter the course of justice
- Magu is being grilled over alleged insubordination and corruption as contained in Malami's memo
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Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, has been told to recuse himself from the sitting of the special presidential panel investigating Ibrahim Magu, the embattled boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The call to the minister was made by a civil society organization, the Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN).
In a statement on Wednesday, September 23, through its executive director Edward Omaga, GICN argued that Malami's appearance as a witness in the case may likely alter the outcome of the investigation.
Magu is facing probe over allegations of corruption and insubordination as contained in Malami's petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, prompting the formation of the investigation panel led by retired justice Ayo Salami, former president of the appeal court.
Many controversies have since been trailing the handling of the probe with Magu insisting that Malami must be summoned to physically testify against him before the panel.
But GICN, speaking on the ongoing probe, declared that should Malami be allowed to grace the sitting of the panel, the outcome of the investigation will be altered and affected.
The group noted that Malami is serving as a supervisor on EFCC activities which the embattled anti-corruption czar headed before being replaced by the president.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that an eminent law professor, Itse Sagay, said the charges against Magu were still "allegations in petition" and thus could not be used against the suspended EFCC boss until solid evidence is 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 the Salami-led committee.
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