The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has agreed to testify against the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel.
Speaking during an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday, Malami said he will gladly honor the summon of the panel if called upon to appear. The minister added that he had nothing to hide, saying that he is ready to work closely with the panel if need be.
He, however, laughed off a letter written by Magu through his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, to the Salami-led panel calling on the panel to summon him, noting that allegations leveled against Magu are there for all to see.
Malami said, “So, if indeed the Ayo Salami panel invites Abubakar Malami as a person or the AGF in the person of Abubakar Malami for any testimony, for any clarification, for examination or cross-examination for that matter, Abubakar Malami will wholeheartedly, gladly within the spirit and context of the rule of law be there to testify, be there to be cross-examined, be there to be examined within the context of the rule of law.
“Our position as a government is to be submissive to the rule of law and the rule of law component of it requires that when we are called upon to clarify issues, when we are called upon to be examined, when we are called upon to be cross-examined, Abubakar Malami will be there and will gladly cooperate with the inquiry institution and that indeed was an attribute of the government that translated to the victory we are seeing today arising from P&ID.
“Abubakar Malami has along the line, within the chain of the arbitral process, submitted to uncountable invitations, responded to uncountable requests for clarification of issues and indeed executed uncountable witness statements for the purpose of putting the record straight and the case of Salami will certainly not be an exception.”