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EFCC: Again, Magu Writes Presidential Panel, Wants Copies of Documents

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Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has again written to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry probing him.

Naija News reports that Magu in his letter asked the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel to provide copies of documents tendered against him by those who have appeared before the commission.

Magu’s counsel Wahab Shittu, in a four-page letter dated August 20, 2020, and addressed to the Chairman of the commission, demanded that he be given the necessary documents by the commission to be able to defend his client.

Ibrahim Magu referred to Section 36 (6) (A) of the 1999 constitution which require that anyone charged with criminal offences by provided with adequate information to enable them to prepare for their defence.

He said: “Based on the foregoing, we request ahead of the defence of our client before the judicial commission of inquiry for the following: Copies of all presentations/petitions against our client tendered in these proceedings Access to all exhibits tendered in these proceedings Access to all relevant case files and documents tendered in these proceedings Any other material that will be relevant for the purpose of the defence of our client in these proceedings.

“Please note that the foregoing request has become urgent and compelling in view of paragraph 5 of the instrument establishing this judicial commission of inquiry.

“We humbly request you to note that in view of the timeline stipulated above and the need to clarify the duration of the sitting and whether the appointing authority has extended the period, it is of utmost importance that access to the requested documents is granted to our client and his counsel to ensure seamless proceedings and the guarantee of fair hearing as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Magu’s lawyer wrote.

Source: Naija News

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