– The embattled EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu has said the presidential panel can’t present any interim report yet
– The lawyer representing the former EFCC acting chairman stated that the panel cannot submit its report without hearing from his client
– Recall that the Salami-led panel recommended that Magu be sacked in a fresh report submitted to President Buhari
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The lawyer representing Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has faulted the interim report by the retired Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.
Magu, through his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, on Sunday, August 23, faulted the media report saying that he was yet to formally present his defence as proceedings were still ongoing.
He also said that the suggestion that an interim report had been submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari was shocking.
The panel in its report to the president had recommended that the Nigerian leader sack and prosecute Magu him for alleged corruption.
The embattled EFCC boss’ lawyer went on to note that in spite of repeated demands, Magu had not been served with copies of allegations against him made by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice.
Shittu further said that the minister of justice whose memo triggered the proceedings was yet to testify to back up the allegations.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Magu had once again written to the Salami-led presidential panel.
Magu, through his counsel, demanded that the panel grant him a fair hearing and copies of all relevant exhibits tendered in the proceedings of the committee.
Ahead of the former EFCC acting chairman’s defense before the ‘judicial commission of inquiry’, Shittu requested that all records from the proceedings be provided to Magu and his counsel.
The lawyer representing the embattled EFCC boss also asked the Salami-led panel to provide Magu with adequate time and facility as he prepares to defend himself.
In a related development, Magu wrote to the panel demanding copies of the allegation of corruption and insubordination filed against him by Malami.
After spending 10 days in detention, Magu wrote to the presidential panel through his lawyer, demanding that he be served with a copy of the Presidential Audit Committee’s report, the AGF’s memo to President Buhari; and other individual petitions submitted to the committee.
After regaining his freedom, the embattled EFCC boss also called the presidential panel’s attention to what he described as “serial falsehood publications in the media in respect of matters which never featured in the proceedings.
Buhari suspends Magu as EFCC boss, Nigerians react | Legit TV