The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has said that he is ready to testify against the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu if invited by the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential investigative panel.
Mr Magu is currently being investigated by a panel headed by Mr Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal, over allegations of graft and insubordination levelled against him by Mr Malami.
Mr. Malami’s complaint led to the suspension of Mr. Magu as acting EFCC chairman, after the investigation of the activities of the latter at the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020.
The AGF was reacting to a letter by Wahab Shittu, counsel to Mr. Magu, dated September 4 and addressed to the committee chairman, demanding that Mr. Malami, appear before the panel to provide evidence regarding his allegations against his client.
He said his appearance before the tribunal of Inquiry would ensure a fair hearing.
Citing Sections 5(c) and 6 of the Tribunals of Inquiry Act 2004, Mr. Shittu said the tribunal has “the power to summon any person in Nigeria to attend any meeting of the tribunal to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession and to examine him as a witness or require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession, subject to all just exceptions.
Mr. Malami, while speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, expressed willingness to be cross-examined by the panel “if needed by the panel.”
He said as a public official in government, it is needed to be submissive to the rule of law and the rule of law component in the country.
He said that he has honoured “uncountable invitations” for clarification on issues in the past, saying the case of Salami will not be an exception