The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has been accused of abuse of office as a lawyer, Victor Giwa, alleges that he ordered his arrest because he refused to implicate the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
Giwa said this in a statement on Sunday after he was released from the EFCC custody.
He was arrested alongside one Fatima Hassan last week shortly after they testified before the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel.
The panel is probing Magu.
Giwa’s former client, Donald Wokoma, a director at Damijay Integrated Services and a former special assistant to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, had told the panel, through a sworn affidavit, that his bank account was frozen by Magu unjustly, which was why he hired Giwa to sue the EFCC.
He added that after the court ordered that the account be unfrozen, Magu, through his ‘boys’ demanded N75m from him as a condition for obeying the order.
Mr. Wokoma had tendered text messages and audio clips of his conversation with Giwa, in which he told his lawyer that Magu demanded the money and that he should pay the bribe.
But Giwa denied the bribery allegation when he later appeared before the panel, saying Magu was a man of integrity. He was subsequently arrested.
The lawyer in the statement accused accused the AGF of being behing his arrest.
The statement read in part, “On August 18 and 19, 2020, I was invited by the Justice Ayo Salami Panel, sitting in Aso Villa to testify against Ibrahim Magu through a conspiracy between the AGF, Malami (SAN) and Donald Wokoma, the sacked Special Adviser to Vice President Prof YemiOsibanjo, whom I have represented and secured a judgement in his favour.
“Donald Wokoma was investigated for fleecing the sum of N250m from amnesty programme, through his company Damijay Integrated Services, by receiving contracts he never executed. His account was restricted by the EFCC.
“On July 11, 2020, Donald Wokoma was scheduled to be arraigned before Justice Akanbi at FCT High Court, Lugbe. Donald Wokoma was absent and I represented him and the case was adjourned till October 10, 2020, for arraignment.
“Donald (Wokoma) in a desperate move to subvert the administration of justice, to quash or suspend his trial conspired with persons in the AGF office who had promised to frustrate the trial and release (sic) the restricted account.
“To achieve this aim, the AGF requested that Donald (Wokoma) have me to do a petition against Ibrahim Magu to the Justice Ayo Salami Panel, accusing Ibrahim Magu of graft and having me to testify against the (suspended) EFCC boss, an offer I declined.
“Donald (Wokoma) in cahoots with the AGF procured a lawyer who did the petition, which was forwarded by the AGF to the panel.
“It was my refusal and my stand to defend the truth and not to consent to the subversion of Justice that the AGF ordered my arrest and that of Fatima Hassan, a lawyer, whose testimony absolves me and Ibrahim Magu from any wrongdoing,” Giwa added.
The office of the AGF is yet to respond to this as at the time of filing this report.