Transparency and Integrity

8/25/2020

EFCC Probe: "Witnesses Not Picked By Me" Says Malami, Demands Giwa To Prove Allegations


The Attorney General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Malami has said he did not pick witness to testify against Magu suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who is been probed by presidential panel over mismanagement of recovered loot. 

In his response to Victor Giwa's allegation that he connived his with one Donald Wokoma to red-bait him for refusing to testify against Magu which AGF Malami described as a nothing but a "flimsy allegation" Malami said that he did not pick witnesses to testify against Magu the Suspended Chairman of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Presidential Panel.

AGF Malami revealed this on Monday in a statement issued by Umar Gwandu his media aide. Stressing that he was not given the the task to pick witnesses for the panel neither did he red bait anyone.

Giwa had earlier alleged in a letter dated August 15 and addressed to the presidential panel that he was procured to indict the suspended EFCC Chairman. He also alleged that Malami was behind his arrest and also of one Fatima Hassan, following their refusal to implicate Magu in the evidence they gave before a panel led by Salami.

Malami, trashed the allegation maintaining that it is “fictitious, unfounded and a figment of the imagination of mischief makers” as he pointed out never having any dealings with Giwa.

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

“He did not set up the investigation panel to probe Magu and is not saddled with any responsibility to procure witness(es) for the panel.

“The claim by Victor Giwa, Esq is therefore fictitious, unfounded and a figment of the imagination of mischief makers who want to court unnecessary attention and tarnish the good image of the Minister.

“They are also labouring ceaselessly, these days, to falsely cast aspersions on the AGF’s hard-earned reputation.

“The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation hereby calls on the so-called Victor Giwa to come and substantiate his allegations with details of the following: When did Victor Giwa meet the AGF on the issue? Where did he meet the AGF on the issue? How was the meeting? Was it by proxy? Or did the AGF send a representative? In what capacity was the representative, if any, sent? What were the terms of their engagement? What was the claimed ‘offer’? How was the so-called offer to testify against Magu made? Who were the witnesses?”


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