Salami Panel: Nigeria’s Attorney General denies procuring witness to nail Magu

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L-r: Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
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Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has denied procuring false witnesses to testify against the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

in a statement signed by his media aide Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Malami said since he has not set up the investigation panel probing the erstwhile anti-graft czar, Magu, he is equally not saddled with any responsibility to procure witness(es) for the panel.

“The Honourable Attorney-General never met Giwa and has never discussed any issue with the so-called Donald Wokoma nor asked anybody, personally or by proxy, to engage the so-called Victor to testify against Magu”, the statement read.

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However, a lawyer, Victor Giwa accused Malami of procuring witnesses to speak against the suspended EFCC chairman during the probe.

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Giwa alleged that both Malami and the said Wokoma had made a desperate move to lure him to nail Magu, an allegation Malami dismissed in the statement as “a flimsy allegation”.

Malami further said in the statement that: “The claim by Victor Giwa Esq is therefore fictitious unfounded and figment of imagination of mischief makers who want to create unnecessary attention and tarnish the good image of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and labouring incessantly these days, to falsely cast aspersion on the AGF’s hard-earned reputation.”