Magu: Presidency delays action on Salami’s report

More than a month after the Justice Ayo Salami (retd.)-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the investigation of the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, submitted its report, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has yet to take a decision on it.

The panel, which was set up in July 2020 to investigate various allegations of wrongdoing against Magu, submitted its report to the President on November 20, 2020.

Salami had, while submitting the report, said the panel received 46 petitions and memoranda from individuals and organisations with complaints against the suspended acting chairman, EFCC or both.

He added that Magu and 113 witnesses appeared and testified before the commission.

When contacted on Wednesday on why the President had yet to take a decision on the report, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said there was the need for the recommendations in the report to be carefully studied.

Shehu said to achieve this, the President set up a White Paper drafting committee saddled with the responsibility of carrying out the scrutiny.


He said the committee was still working on the report.

“The judicial panel made wide-reaching recommendations which must be carefully studied and acted upon.

“A White Paper committee is working on the report,” Shehu said.

Among other recommendations, the panel said in appointing a new chairman for the commission, consideration should be given to candidates from other security agencies and core staff of the EFCC as provided in the EFCC Establishment Act of 2004.

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