I have no regrets heading Magu’s probe panel – Salami




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A President of the , Justice Ayo Salami (retd.), has denied media reports about him expressing regrets for accepting the appointment to chair the Federal Government’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry probing the suspended Acting of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

Since July, the panel which was set up by , Major General Buhari (retd), has been probing Magu for various , including abuse of office and mismanagement of recovered assets levelled against him in a memo sent to Buhari by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr (SAN).

Reports had quoted two representing Magu that Salami expressed regrets accepting the appointment during the proceedings of the panel last week.

But Salami in a on Tuesday maintained that he had no cause to express any regret over his chairmanship of the commission, not to talk of betraying any form of emotion as contained in the media reports.

 

The came as the first public engagement by Salami, who had since taking up the new role, resisted calls to make the commission’s proceedings public.

The President of the did not in his Tuesday’s address , such as violation of Magu’s right to fair hearing and acting outside the powers of the commission, which had been previously leveled against him and the panel.

 

Reacting to the reports of him expressing regrets taking up the role on Tuesday, Salami said, “No claims can be further from the truth than the outright falsehood contained in the said report.”

He added, “The reports were a figment of the wild imagination of the reporter, the two quoted as his sources and the medium that published the story.

“There was no time anything near the unthinkable scenario painted in the false story occurred in any between myself and the to Magu or any person, for that matter, since the Judicial Commission of Inquiry began its sittings.

 

“l have no cause to express any regret over my chairmanship of the Commission, not to talk of betraying any form of emotion before anyone about it.

see my appointment to serve as the of the Commission of Inquiry as an honour and call to service, thus my decision to accept diligently and patriotically discharge this responsibility.

have never appointed any of the two lawyers or any person(s) to speak on my behalf as can express myself without recourse to the lawyers of the we are probing.

“As an eminent jurist, who retired as of the , have handled much more complex than the current one before the Commission.”

He stated that “the false reports were aimed at causing mischief and tarnishing my hard-earned reputation and integrity”.

“I remain resolute and committed to the service of the nation and ready to champion the ideals of justice and fairness,” Salami said.

(Punch)