- The AGF Abubakar Malami has explained why he failed to appear before Justice Ayo Salami-led panel
- The panel is probing the former acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, over alleged corruption
- Malami said he did not violate any law by refusing to appear before the panel
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Following the ongoing probe of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has explained why he shunned the invitation by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.
Premium Times reports that he said he declined to testify before the panel probing Magu because his invitation by the panel was “contrary to the provisions of the law."
Legit.ng gathered that Malami disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, September 24, by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, adding that his failure to appear before the presidential investigative panel has no “ulterior motive.”
The minister's complaint led to the suspension of Magu as acting EFCC chairperson and the investigation of his activities at the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020.
Recall that the panel had summoned Malami to testify against the suspended EFCC boss.
Gwandu said the minister's refusal to honour the panel’s invitation was based on “constitutional consideration."
The statement read in part:
“The terms and wordings of the invitation extended to the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice to custice Ayo Panel of inquiry against Magu runs contrary to the constitutional provisions.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there was a mild drama at the venue of the presidential panel probing Magu on Monday, September 14.
It was reported that Justice Ayo Salami-led panel caused a stir when he asked security operatives to walk two of Magu’s lawyers, Zainab Abiola and Aliyu Lemu, out of the proceedings shortly after they were introduced.
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