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Abubakar Malami: My absenteeism at Magu’s probe panel was constitutional

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), have announced that the failure to appear before the Ayo Salami Justice Commission in the case of the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was constitutional.

Magu had complained regarding the move having been subpoenaed by the investigative committee.

But yesterday, Malami, through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Dr. Umar Gwandu, reiterated that it is constitutional for him to appear or not to appear as a witness in the investigation.

His aide said, “In establishing propriety or otherwise of the presence of the AGF whose responsibility is to hold constitutional order, one must root same within the constitutional provisions.”

“The terms and wordings of the invitation extended to the AGF by the Justice Ayo panel of inquiry run contrary to the constitutional provisions. The office of the AGF is by the provision of the constitution and by extant laws empowered to serve supervisory role. In the case of the EFCC, the AGF has been discharging the role effectively.”

Magu’s faction had raised concerns that the accuser declined to confront him on the allegations against Magu.

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