Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that his non-appearance at Justice Ayo Salami Panel of Inquiry probing the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was purely Constitutional and not based on any ulterior motive.
This is contained in a statement issued by Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations
According to the statement, the Minister said his appearance as a witness in any investigation should be a constitutional matter.
The terms and wordings of an invitation extended to him by Justice SALAMI’s Panel of inquiry against Magu run contrary to the Constitutional provisions and by the provision of the Constitution and extant laws empowered to serve a supervisory role.
The non-appearance of the AGF before the Judicial Commission has been generating a lot of controversy in the anti-corruption circles.
Magu had consistently requested the opportunity to confront his accuser before the Panel including an opportunity to be given to defend the allegations levelled against him by Malami.
Magu also requested the commission to issue subpoenas to certain persons to appear before it to give evidence in support of their allegations.
A Subpoena was issued on Malami to appear before the panel but Malami hinges his non-appearance on the fact that he only made charges against Magu based on the petitions he received against him in his office.