The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that he would not be able to appear before the Presidential Panel probing the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
In a letter written to Justice Ayo Salami, Chairman of the panel, the minister said the reason for turning down the chance to appear for the panel is due to the privileges of his office.
Justice Salami read out a letter from Malami during the sitting of the panel on Wednesday, stating that he would no longer be able to appear and testify against Magu.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the minister made the U-turn less than two weeks after he vowed to appear before the panel to testify against Magu if he was invited.
Recall that Magu was suspended in July based on some reports by the Justice Salami panel after the minister had filed some allegations against the former EFCC boss.
The minister had 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.