Presidential Panel ready for Magu’s defence, says Shittu

Freedom appears far for the embattled former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Already, the
Presidential Panel investigating him has agreed to take his defence and response at subsequent proceedings.

Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu said that he and his client appeared again at the Villa on Friday and the panel gave them the assurance that it was not rejecting Magu’s defence but that it was premature to take same now.

The panel however explained that it was currently interrogating several witnesses so that it could confront the suspended acting EFCC chairman with the outcome of its findings from the witnesses.

The panel also assured Magu that in line with the principles of fair hearing, he and his counsel, Wahab Shittu, would participate in further proceedings of the panel starting from Monday, July 27.

According to Shittu, the panel said that it was on a fact-finding exercise and no one including Magu was on trial.

He said that the panel had yet to make copies of the allegations against Magu available to him.

Shittu added that the panel warned against the publication of its proceedings especially because it believes the release of the allegations to the public carries serious “security implications’’.

Consequently, Shittu withdrew his undertaking to the panel in respect of the allegations.

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