Magu: Justice Salami Panel meets Buhari’s CoS

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From Kayode Lawal, Abuja

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari has met with the Presidential Probe Panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Although details of what transpired during the meeting between Gambari and members of the panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami was unknown as at the time of this report, sources hinted that members of the panel also used the opportunity of the meeting to congratulate Gambari over his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the President.
A presidency source had earlier confirmed that Magu was suspended from office in order to allow free and fair probe into allegations levelled against him.
Magu, who appeared before the panel on Monday and Tuesday, was given two days to present his defence lawyers from Lagos in the bid to clear him of weighty allegations levelled against him.
The source also stated that the probe of the anti-graft boss was an affirmation that nobody under “the present administration is above scrutiny’’.
He said that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
However, our Correspondent gathered that Magu may be put on trial by the federal government if the allegations are found to be true.

The source confirmed that the Federal Ministry of Justice on the instruction of Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami SAN may have put finishing touches to the charges to be preferred against Magu at the time he was suspended by the Presidency.

The Herald recalls that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) had written to President Muhammadu Buhari accusing Magu of engaging in corrupt activities.

Special Adviser to the AGF on Communications Dr Umar Gwandu declined to confirm the likely arraignment of Magu today but pleaded with the media not to jump the gun.

“Definitely, when a person is interrogated on issues of corruption, arraignment in court cannot be ruled out but no one can say exactly when court will be asked to come into the matter for now”, he said.

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