Magu probe: Why I’ll not appear before Salami panel – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Thursday, said his refusal to appear as a witness before the Justice Ayo Salami led Presidential Committee probing the suspended the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has constitutional backings.

This was contained in a statement that was signed by his media aide, Dr. Jibrilu Gwandu.

“In establishing propriety or otherwise of the presence of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice whose responsibility is to hold constitutional order one must root the same within the constitutional provisions,” the statement said.

“The terms and wordings of the invitation extended to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to Justice Ayo Panel of inquiry against Magu run contrary to the Constitutional provisions”.

The statement further noted that the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is by the provision of the Constitution and extant laws empowered to serve a supervisory role.

“In the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been discharging the role effectively”, the statement added.

Magu is being investigated over allegations of corruption which Malami levelled against him.

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