- Justice Ayo Salami has denied reports that he regrets heading the panel probing Ibrahim Magu, the former boss of the EFCC
- Salami described the report as the figment of the imaginations of those who propagate it
- The former president of the Court of Appeal called on Nigerians to disregard the claims fabricated to tarnish his image
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Justice Ayo Salami, the chairman of the presidential panel presiding over the case of Ibrahim Magu, has denied reports that he regrets taking the herculean task.
Salami lamented that the claims of the lawyers, Tosin Ojaoma and Zainab Abiola, who are defending Magu, are nothing but false reports.
The renowned judge said that there was never a time he had a discussion with the lawyers in that regard, neither has he for once regretted being honoured with the rare opportunity to serve his country in this capacity.
Moreover, Salami noted that he cannot remember making either Ojaoma or Abiola his spokesperson and that viral reports are merely figments of their wild imaginations.
The former president of the Court of Appeal called on Nigerians to disregard such lies and claims aimed at rubbishing his reputation.
“I have never appointed any of the two lawyers or any other person(s) to speak on my behalf as I can express myself without recourse to the lawyers of the persons we are probing. As an eminent jurist, who retired as the President of the Court of Appeal, I have handled much more complex cases than the current one before the Commission. There is no doubt that the false reports were aimed at causing mischief and tarnishing my hard-earned reputation and integrity. I remain resolute and committed to the service of the nation and ready to champion the ideals of justice and fairness.
“I want to point out that such wild claims against me and the Commission are not strange to me, given the manner in which the lawyers to Magu have been carrying on in the conduct of their client’s case before the Commission. Planting such lies in the media about proceedings at the panel has been their pastime. They believe that it is by engaging in such media propaganda against the Commission that their client can be easily absolved of the various allegations that have been brought against him.”
Earlier, Ojaoma and Abiola who sat at the hearing of the panel on Friday, September 25, in Abuja, Justice Salami reportedly said that he regretted taking this daunting work in the first place.
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