👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
Abubakar Malami, the attorney general and minister of justice of Nigeria, who wrote a memo exposing corruption perpetuated by Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, will appear before the Presidential panel investigating the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
DENISAURUS News the first paper to exclusively report on Nigeria’s suspension from a financial intelligence unit, published in 2016 that assets were being diverted by Mr Magu.
At the time, Mr Magu, 58, had a blogger, who published the story arrested.
Mr Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has since established that Mr Magu was diverting and selling assets to his allies.
A panel led by former Court of Appeal judge Justice Ayo Salami, this paper understands has submitted an interim report to President Muhammadu Buhari which indicted Mr Magu, who was described as a “perennial offender,” by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The 58-year-old Commissioner of Police has requested for the AGF to be cross examined by the panel.
In response Mr Malami, SAN, is “wholeheartedly” ready to testify against Mr Magu, who was also dubbed a liability to President Buhari’s fight against corruption.
The AGF while speaking on TV stated that he willing to testify “if needed by the panel.”
“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,” he said.
The AGF, who was appointed by President Buhari since 2015, added that “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.”
Several petition had been written against Mr Magu, by staff members of the commission.
Many of the staffers, who have spoken to DENISAURUS News over five years, believed that their former boss was a log in the corruption fight.