Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) has expressed readiness to attend and testify before the Ayo Salami panel investigating the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, whenever invited and if the need arises.
This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, special assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (OAGF) and minister of Justice, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to the statement, Malami stated this at ‘The Morning Show’ programme of the Arise Television yesterday morning, while discussing the recent developments related to the Nigeria’s arbitration on the embattled P&ID contract agreement.
“Within the context of the rule of law, I have a responsibility as the Chief Law Officer of the Country as Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice to assist whatever investigation taking place locally or internationally”.
“For your information , I have signed and executed around eight witness statements before the Commercial Court in UK which translated to the victory we are celebrating today”.
” I will in no way exercise any restraints as per honouring an invitation for the purpose of supporting any inquiry”.
“So, if Ayo Salami panel invites Abubakar Malami, SAN as a person or the Attorney-General of the Federation, for any testimony or any clarification, for any examination or cross-examination for that matter, Abubakar Malami will definitely and gladly within the spirit and context of rule of law be there to testify “.
and will submit myself
to be cross-examined within the context of the rule of law.”
Malami said his position is to be submissive to the rule of law,
maintaining that the rule of law component requires that when called
upon to clarify issues, be examined or cross-examined, Abubakar Malami
will wholeheartedly be there and gladly cooperate with the inquiring
institution. He said that indeed has been an attribute of the
The Minister said that he has along the chain of arbitral process
submitted to uncountable invitations and responded to uncountable
requests to clarify 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.