There was mild drama yesterday at the Justice Isa Salami- led Commission of Enquiry sitting as the former President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) allegedly directed security agents to walk out two of Ibrahim Magu’s lawyers, Prof Zainab Duke Abiola and Mr Aliyu Lemu from the venue of its sitting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A reliable source, who confirmed this to LEADERSHIP, said the two lawyers were part of the legal team of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Magu, who is being probed by the Salami panel over alleged mismanagement of recovered assets and abuse of office.
The source stated that trouble began at about 11.50am yesterday, when Mr Wahab Shittu, who has been appearing for Magu, stood up to introduce other members of the legal team.
However, Justice Salami insisted that only Shittu would be allowed to cdefend Magu and thereafter directed the security agents to bundle out the lawyers from the venue.
Shittu has appeared for Magu for the past two months and raised certain issues including fair hearing for his client and the need to cross-examine witnesses who testified against his clients.
Due to the seriousness of the matter, Shittu reportedly led Prof Zainab Duke Abiola and Mr Aliyu Lemu to the venue of the panel yesterday.
Upon arrival at the venue, Shittu introduced members of his team before the panel and as soon as he finished speaking, Justice Salami ordered that only Shittu would be allowed to represent Magu, insisting that other members of the team will have to leave the venue.
Attempts by Shittu and Prof Abiola to explain the sanctity of legal representation for Magu were resisted by the panel, who refused to listen to their explanations.
Reacting to the incident, Prof Abiola expressed her disappointment with the conduct of the panel.