The Justice Ayo Salami-led panel has been accused through Wahab Shittu, the suggest to the suspended performing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Ibrahim Magu, of quite a lot of acts of illegalities and violations of the appropriate of the suspended EFCC boss to truthful listening to.
The letter dated August 11, 2020, was once addressed to the Chairman of the panel, which is probing Magu for alleged abuse of administrative center and mismanagement of Federal Govt recovered property and budget from Might 2015 to Might 2020.
Magu’s attorney within the letter forwarded to the panel alleged that the panel’s complaints have been performed in violation of now not best the presidential tool appointing it but additionally the Tribunal of Inquiry Act, 2004, which empowers the President to arrange the JCI.
He described as “curious and worrisome” that the panel led through Salami, which began as an administrative panel of inquiry taking oral and documentary proof previously one month all at once metamorphosed right into a Judicial Fee of Inquiry.”
“How this comes inside the contemplation of a Fee of the Tribunal of Inquiry Act 2004 may be very questionable.”
He additional mentioned that in spite of the Suspended EFCC boss being the cause of the investigation, he was once now not officially invited to look ahead of the panel and that the tool appointing the JCI which was once signed on July 3, 2020 through the President, Main Normal Muhammadu Buhari(retd), was once now not served on him till 35 days after.
Faulting the secretive nature of the complaints of the panel, Shittu conceded that the panel had the facility to, in a given scenario, exclude participants of the general public from its complaints, however cited segment 2(d) of the Act which he argued does now not allow the panel to bar the general public from “everything of the complaints however restricted to few particular scenarios within the context of the general public sittings”.
Shittu mentioned, except for barring the general public from its complaints, he and his consumer had been excluded from the complaints of the panel on a lot of events, specifically, the July 11, 12, and 13, 2020 complaints.
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