I’ll Wholeheartedly Testify Before Salami Panel, Malami Replies Magu

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The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday, says he will wholeheartedly and gladly within the spirit and context of the rule of law testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel if he is summoned.

Malami, said this during an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday which was monitored by VANTAGE NEWS while reacting to a letter by the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, calling on Salami to summon the AGF.

The Justice Ayo Salami Presidential panel was constituted to probe the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu over charges labelled against him.

He stated that since he has nothing to hide, there is no need to shy away from the Salami panel if he is summoned.

Magu, who is being probed over allegations bordering on abuse of office and mismanagement of Federal Government Recovered Assets and Finances from May 2015 to May 2020, applied for Malami to be compelled to appear before the panel through his Lawyer, Wahab Shittu to give evidence and tender a copy of his memo to President Muhammadu Buhari, which led to his suspension as EFCC Chairman.

Malami, while responding to a question asked by a presenter, said, “So, if indeed the Ayo Salami panel invites Abubakar Malami as a person or the AGF in the person of Abubakar Malami for any testimony, for any clarification, for examination or cross-examination for that matter, Abubakar Malami will wholeheartedly, gladly within the spirit and context of the rule of law be there to testify, be there to be cross-examined, be there to be examined within the context of the rule of law.

“Our position as a government is to be submissive to the rule of law and the rule of law component of it requires that when we are called upon to clarify issues, when we are called upon to be examined, when we are called upon to be cross-examined, Abubakar Malami will be there and will gladly cooperate with the inquiry institution and that indeed was an attribute of the government that translated to the victory we are seeing today arising from P&ID.

“Abubakar Malami has along the line, within the chain of the arbitral process, submitted to uncountable invitations, responded to uncountable requests for clarification of issues and indeed executed uncountable witness statements for the purpose of putting the record straight and the case of Salami will certainly not be an exception.”

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