Lawyer to Ibrahim Magu, the suspended former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Waheb Shittu has dismissed story published in an online medium with the headline, “Magu confesses, Begs: I Was Overzealous as Acting Chair of EFCC, Please Save My Career.”
Shittu, in a statement yesterday, said the report was twisted as his client never made such remark to the Justice Ago Salami’s panel.
Part of the statement reads, “We wish to state that this story was twisted fundamentally out of context by my client’s accusers who want to hit back at my client without justification”.
“ It is true that Magu and my humble self addressed the panel at the conclusion of his defence while Magu clarified that he threw himself to the job of acting chair because of his passion for the anti-corruption war, a situation that may be alleged overzealousness in some quarters”.
He, however pleaded for justice and fair-play by the panel members in the context of his overall achievements and his fledging career, which hitherto remain unblemished and will terminate in two years time.
Counsel to Magu also urged the panel members in the interest of fear of God and loyalty to their conscience to ensure justice in the matter, even as he concluded by thanking them for patience and understanding throughout the proceedings.
The statement also added that, “At no time did Magu admit to guilt to the allegations, the subject matter of the inquiry. Indeed the only thing going for Magu is his conviction of his innocence”.
“A member of the panel had cause to inquire from me whether I am convinced that the panel will do justice to my client? I responded in the affirmative and I hope my optimism of justice in the process at the end will not be illusory”.
“As Nigerians wait on the Justice Salami- led judicial commission of inquiry to do justice in this matter, we call on commentators in the public space to comment based on facts and law and particularly based on the justice of the case.