- Justice Ayo Salami, the head of the presidential panel probing Ibrahim Magu, the former boss of the EFCC, has reportedly expressed regret for taking the job
- This was disclosed by two of Magu's lawyers, Tosin Ojaoma and Zainab Abiola, who were at the hearing on Friday, September 25,
- The duo revealed that Justice Salami was actually in tears during the hearing
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Justice Ayo Salami, the chairman of the presidential panel probing allegations made against the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reportedly made a shocking remark about his task.
According to two lawyers who sat at the hearing of the panel on Friday, September 25, in Abuja, Tosin Ojaoma and Zainab Abiola, Justice Salami made it known that he regrets taking this daunting work in the first place.
Both lawyers told Premium Times that during the hearing, Justice Salami kept saying that he feels embarrassed to have taken up the work.
Narrating what actually transpired at the hearing, Abiola said:
“We all sat down as lawyers, after a little period, Justice salami said he regretted working in this panel.
“As soon as the proceedings opened, Salami was full of regrets, he (Salami) brought out his handkerchief and said he is full of regret taking up the job. Then our team asked him, is it because the panel is yet to find evidence against our client, Mr Salami did not respond he only kept saying he regrets taking up the job.”
Giving his own version of the development which is similar to that of Abiola, Ojaoma told the newspaper:
“Mr Salami kept saying he feels embarrassed for taking up the job. He also lamented that for years after he had retired he was seated in his home eating Tuwo."
Many Nigerians had eagerly waited in vain for the minister of justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami to appear before the panel as he promised to do.
Added to this, civil society organisations in the country have made calls for the hearing to be public for the sake of transparency.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Malami refused to appear before the panel led by Justice Salami to testify against 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.
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