EFCC Scandal: Malami Makes A U-Turn, Says He Won’t Testify Before Salami Panel

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EFCC Scandal: Malami Makes A U-Turn, Says He Won't Testify Before Salami Panel - Vantage News Nigeria
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Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, has said he will no longer be available to testify before the Justice Ayo Salami’s presidential panel constituted to probe the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Attorney-General who is also a Senior Advocate oF Nigeria (SAN) through a letter sent to Justice Salami’s panel, stated the he will not appear to testify because his constitutional role does not include testifying.

Malami, had during an interview on Arise TV on September 9, 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, said he will “wholeheartedly” testify if he is summoned.

He had said during the interview, “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.”

Magu and his legal team led by Wahab Shittu, had written to the panel, demanding that Malami appear before the panel to substantiate his allegations against the suspended acting EFCC chairman.

It was learnt that Salami during the sitting of the panel on Wednesday, read out a letter written by Malami that he would not appear to testify on the ground that his duty was to prosecute and file charges.

Magu’s legal team expresseds shock over the development, stating that Section 174 of the constitution does not give the AGF such privileges.

They blasted the AGF for refusing to substantiate allegations of abuse of office and corruption labelled against Magu that emanated from his office.

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.

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