By Anayo Ezugwu
MIKE Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has made a written presentation to the Justice Ayo Salami Investigative Panel on how to re-engineer the anti-corruption fight in the country. The presentation followed his earlier oral testimonies before the panel on July 28.
In a statement made available to Realnews, Ozekhome explained that his written presentation contains 84 pages, 215 exhibits, 5 videos and 33 recommendations. He believed that the presentation will help Nigeria to revamp, re-engineer and retool the tottering and hemorrhaging anti-corruption fight of the federal government.
“My today’s written address is in addition to my earlier oral testimony of 28th July, 2020, during which I tendered 4 exhibits and 2 videos. This is because the panel has informed me it is constrained by time and can therefore not take any further oral testimony from me as it has held in July, when I testified for 2 hours and the panel adjourned proceedings to enable me make further oral testimony,” he said.
The Justice Salami Panel is investigating allegations of corruption and insubordination against Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in July approved the establishment of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act (Cap T21, LFN, 2004), for the investigation of the activities of the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020.
Magu’s probe began after his arrest in July at the EFCC’s Wuse II office, following which he was immediately driven to the Presidential Villa. His investigation has continued behind closed doors with journalists barred from covering the panel’s hearings.
Although the Tribunals of Inquiry Act provides for public sitting, it says a panel has “in its absolute discretion, to admit or exclude the public or any member of the public or the press from any meeting of the tribunal.”
– Sept. 18, 2020 @ 15:05 GMT |