EFCC: Sagay denounces Buhari panel probing Magu, says they are all accusers

EFCC: Sagay denounces Buhari panel probing Magu, says they are all accusers


Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, PACAC, criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s to form a panel to investigate the suspended acting chairman the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

According to Sagay, panel chair Isa Ayo Salami is the only person with no vested interest in Buhari’s team.

“I criticize the Salami panel for gathering evidence from the accusers behind Magu’s back and for not handing over the petitions against him before his defense,” Sagay said, according to the Nation.

The frontline attorney noted that the panel filled with DSS, the Justice and other security agencies who are all accusers Magu.

“Judge Salami appears to be the only neutral person on the panel.

“The Golden Age Supreme Court once strongly condemned this in Chief Gani Fawehinmi v. The Disciplinary Committee Jurists ([15] 2 NWLR (Pt. 7) p. 300) like “come here quickly for your conviction assured”.

Sagay, however, said he believed Salami, whom he described a man integrity, will not allow any injustice to occur despite the composition the panel.

Aliyu Lemu, Magu’s lawyer, said on that his client had not yet been told he under investigation.

Previously, Magu had claimed that some powerful toes he stepped on while doing his job EFCC president were there to tarnish his image and destroy his reputation.

Magu is under investigation for mismanagement and lack of transparency in the management of assets recovered by the EFCC from 2015 to 2020.

The presidency this weekend gave the panel led by Salami 45 days to submit its report.

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