Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Abuja
AFTER ready for a duplicate of the allegations towards him, the Presidential Investigation Committee on the actions of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), on Wednesday agreed to offer the suspended Appearing Chairman of the company Mr. Ibrahim Magu a report back to enter his Defence.
The report is that of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Belongings( PCARA), which incorporates all allegations towards Magu.
However the Chairman of the panel, Justice Isa Ayo Salami extracted a dedication from the counsel to Magu, Barrister Wahab Shittu that PCARA’s report won’t be leaked to the press.
Magu, who stated all of the allegations towards him had been false, is anticipated to open his defence right this moment.
The suspended EFCC chairman was on the panel’s venue for about eight hours however he had a short encounter with the crew
Sporting a white Kaftan with a white cap to match, the suspended EFCC chairman took a 78-page response to the committee, bordering on a question by the AGF, PCARA’s report and different allegations in public area.
The committee nonetheless stated it could settle for Magu’s response solely after serving him the problems in PCARA’s report.
A high supply stated: “After ready for hours, the panel met with Magu for a couple of minutes. The committee later determined to make a copy of the PCARA report obtainable to Magu to allow him to handle all of the allegations towards him.
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“It nonetheless gave a situation that PCARA report should not be leaked in any method to the press to keep away from distraction of its actions.
“With the concession by the panel, Magu will now open his Defence from Thursday or thereabout. He’ll be capable to tender his defence which has not been accepted by the panel as a result of the allegations had been but to be served on him. This can be a good dimension.”
A letter written to Salami’s panel by Magu’s counsel, Wahab Shittu nonetheless pledged that the suspended appearing EFCC chairman will cooperate with the panel.
Within the letter, Shittu stated Magu had not at any time challenged the mandate of the panel or engaged in any boast or queried the panel.
The letter, which was submitted yesterday, reads partly:”We state for the data that we aren’t able to question the Honourable panel and positively won’t ever set out doing so.
“Somewhat, our intention was to attract the eye of the Honourable panel to persistent falsehood publications regarding our consumer being orchestrated persistently within the public house in a fashion that would prejudice the proceedings of this Honourable panel.
“We apologize if any opposite interpretation of our intention is conveyed by the context through which the questions had been raised within the referred letter. We maintain the panel within the highest esteem.
“Our consumer needs to put on document his appreciation to the chairman members of the panel for ordering his launch from custody on the 15th day of July 2020 with none conditionalities.
“Our consumer appreciates this gesture given the truth that the panel has repeatedly acknowledged that it didn’t order the detention of our consumer within the first place. Our consumer is grateful for the gesture.
“Our consumer whereas appreciating the panel gives full cooperation to the panel within the discharge of its task.
“Our consumer believes within the work of the committee due to his dedication to ridding the nation of corruption.”