Minister of Justice and the Attorney-general of the fed- eration (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) has declined an invitation to appear be- fore Justice Ayo Salami Pan- el of Inquiry probing the sus- pended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
This is contrary to his state- ment earlier issued on Sep-
tember 9, 2020 in which he expressed readiness to at- tend and testify before the Panel whenever invited.
But in a statement issued by Malami’s spokesman Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu yes- terday, he said that his deci- sion not to appear at the panel was purely informed by con- stitutional provisions and not based on any ulterior motive.
According to Gwandu, the AGF’s appearance or other- wise to serve as a witness in
any investigation should be a constitutional matter.
‘’In establishing proprie- ty or otherwise of the pres- ence of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minis- ter of Justice whose responsi- bility is to hold constitution- al order one must root same within the constitutional pro- visions.
‘’The terms and wordings of invitation extended to the At- torney-General of the Feder- ation and Minister of Justice
to Justice Ayo Panel of inquiry against Magu runs contrary to the Constitutional provisions.
‘’The Office of the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is by the provision of the Constitution and extant laws empowered to serve supervisory role. In the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Attorney-Gener- al of the Federation and Min- ister of Justice has been dis- charging the role effectively.”