Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that he would not be able to appear before the investigative body probing the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The Minister of Justice made this known in a written letter to the Presidential panel led by Justice Ayo Salami.
Recall that the AGF boasted that he would appear before the panel to testify if he was invited.
Magu’s legal team led by Wahab Shittu had called on Malami, demanding that he appear before the panel to substantiate the allegations he preferred against the suspended EFCC boss.
However, it was learnt that during the sitting of the panel on Wednesday, Salami read out a letter from Malami stating that he would no longer be able to appear.
Confirming the incident to The PUNCH on Thursday, a lawyer to Magu, Mr. Tosin Ojaomo, said they were all shocked when Justice Salami read out the letter.
He said, “We were all gathered at the Presidential Villa for the day’s proceedings when Justice Salami read out a letter from the AGF. The AGF stated that he would not be able to testify because his constitutional role does not include testifying. He said his duty was to prosecute and file charges.
“I was shocked because Section 174 of the constitution does not give the AGF such privileges. Isn’t it funny that the AGF who levelled a series of allegations against Magu is now refusing to substantiate the allegations that emanated from his office?”