- AGF Abubakar Malami was absent at the hearing presided over by Justice Ayo Salami panel on Thursday, September 24
- Malami had promised to appear before the panel to testify against the former EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu
- However, the minister of justice refused to appear before the panel, claiming that this is not part of his official duties
Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has refused to appear before the panel led by Justice Ayo Salami to testify against the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.
In a letter addressed to the Salami-led panel, the minister of justice stated that he would not be able to testify because his official duties include filing of charges, prosecution and not testifying.
The letter was read to the panel at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, September 24, by Justice Salami himself.
This, no doubt came as shock to Magu's team of lawyers who have eagerly waited for the minister to provide pieces of evidence to back up his many allegations against their embattled client.
The AGF had promised the panel that he would appear before it and testify when the summon is done in line with the respect for the rule of law upheld by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Earlier, Malami said he was ready to testify before the Justice Salami-led Presidential panel. The AGF and minister of justice had authored the petition against Magu.
Malami disclosed this on Wednesday, September 9. He insisted that he has nothing to hide and would not hesitate to give the Salami-led panel the full cooperation if need be.
“So, if indeed the Ayo Salami panel invites Abubakar Malami as a person or the AGF in the person of Abubakar Malami for any testimony, for any clarification, for examination or cross-examination for that matter, Abubakar Malami will wholeheartedly, gladly, within the spirit and context of the rule of law, be there to testify, be there to be cross-examined, be there to be examined within the context of the rule of law."
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