Magu Trial– Malami Remains Adamant, States That Invitation Letter Was Unconstitutionally Worded. ionally

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  • denies having any ulterior motive
  • bases his non appearance on unconstitutional wordings in invitation 

Igboeli Arinze, FCT

Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami has explained why he turned down the invitation to testify before the Justice Salami-led panel which is presently probing the suspended Actingh Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, lbrahim Magu.

 

The minister, who stated this in a statement via his spokesman, Dr. Umar Gwandu, revealed that he declined invitation to the panel sitting due to the fact that the wordings of the invitation extended to him were unconstitutional.

 

Magu, who is been investigated by the panel had urged it to issue a subpoena inviting Malami, being the chief petitioner against him as the author of the memo which had led to the setting up of the panel to come forth and defend his allegations.

In his statement, Malami denied that he had any ulterior motive in not honouring the invitation.

The statement read, “Attorney-General of
the Federation and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami, SAN 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.”

 

Arguing further, the AGF’s spokesman held  that the AGF “to serve as a witness in any investigation should be a constitutional matter. 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 same within the constitutional provisions.

 

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 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 supervisory role.

 

In the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been discharging the role effectively”

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