Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, PACAC, criticized President Muhammadu Buhari217;s decision to form a panel to investigate the suspended acting chairman of 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 Buhari217;s team.
“I criticize the Salami panel for gathering evidence from the accusers behind Magu217;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 was filled with DSS, the Justice Department and other security agencies who are all accusers of 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 of Jurists ( 2 NWLR (Pt. 7) p. 300) like 220;come here quickly for your conviction assured221;.
Sagay, however, said he believed Salami, whom he described as a man of integrity, will not allow any injustice to occur despite the composition of the panel.
Aliyu Lemu, Magu217;s lawyer, said on Monday that his client had not yet been told why he was under investigation.
Previously, Magu had claimed that some powerful toes he stepped on while doing his job as EFCC president were there to tarnish his image and destroy his reputation.
Magu is under investigation for alleged 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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