Nigeria’s attorney-general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has denied witch-hunting Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) nor procuring witnesses to testify against him before the presidential panel probing him for alleged corruption.
Malami said this in a statement by Umar Gwandu, his media aide, on Monday in Abuja, while reacting to what he described as “a flimsy allegation” made by Victor Giwa, who alleged that he connived with one Donald Wokoma to arrest him for refusing to implicate Magu before the panel.
Giwa, a lawyer, had also claimed in a letter dated August 15 and addressed to the presidential panel that he was procured to indict the suspended EFCC chairman.
Malami described the allegation as “fictitious, unfounded and a figment of the imagination of mischief makers” as he never had dealings with the said Giwa.
The statement read, “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?”