Salami Walks Out Magu’s Lawyers At Panel Sitting

There have been reports of some drama at the venue of the presidential panel, probing the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, under the watch of its suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The chairman of the presidential panel, Justice Ayo Salami reportedly ordered security operatives to walk out two lawyers on Magu’s legal team shortly after they were introduced.

It was gathered that trouble began after Magu’s lead counsel, Wahab Shittu introduced other members of the legal team but Justice Salami interrupted him, insisting that only Shittu would be allowed to defend the suspended EFCC acting chairman.

The Salami-led panel is investigating a series of allegations brought against Magu and the EFCC under his watch.

Last week, Magu asked the Justice Ayo Salami-led investigative presidential panel, to recall the witnesses who testified against him in his absence at the ongoing corruption probe.

In a letter dated September 4 and addressed to the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, through his counsel, Wahab Shittu, Magu said that the request to recall several witnesses was in the interest of fair hearing.

The lawyers stated that based on the concerns raised, Magu was entitled to participate in the entire proceedings and an opportunity to cross-examine all the witnesses.

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