The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has written a letter to the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel probing the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
In his letter, Malami stated that because of the privileges of his office, he would not be able to appear before the investigative panel.
The U-turn is coming less than two weeks after the Malami boasted that he would appear before the panel to testify if he was invited.
Magu’s legal team, led by Mr Wahab Shittu, had subpoenaed Malami, demanding that he appear before the panel to substantiate the allegations he preferred against the suspended EFCC boss.
It was, however, learnt that during the sitting of the panel on Wednesday, Salami read out a letter from Malami stating that he would no longer be able to appear.
Mr Tosin Ojaomo, a lawyer to Magu, said that the latest development comes as a shock to him and the entire legal team.
We were all gathered at the Presidential Villa for the day’s proceedings when Justice Salami read out a letter from the AGF. The AGF stated that he would not be able to testify because his constitutional role does not include testifying. He said his duty was to prosecute and file charges.
I was shocked because Section 174 of the constitution does not give the AGF such privileges. Isn’t it funny that the AGF who levelled a series of allegations against Magu is now refusing to substantiate the allegations that emanated from his office?
Recall that Magu was suspended in July based on some reports by investigative panels set up by the AGF.
It was alleged that Magu was unable to account for the interest accrued to over N500bn in recovered funds and that he allegedly bought a house in Dubai for N570m.
The suspended EFCC boss was also said to be at loggerheads with the AGF and had refused to obey instructions from his office.