The investigation of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu may have stagnated as the Justice Ayo Salami panel investigating the activities has stated that contrary to reports, it is yet to submit an interim report.
Some media reports stated that the panel indicted Magu, having found him guilty of receiving gifts by proxy; and recommended his prosecution in the court of law alongside the suspended secretary of the commission, Olanipekun Olukoyede.
However, counsel to Magu, Wahab Shittu, has repeatedly denied the purported interim indicting his client; saying that the Salami panel could not submit any interim report without hearing from his client.
1st News gathered that Shittu raised the issue of the interim report with the panel last week; adding that the panel should invite the writers of the said reports to reveal their sources.
According to an anonymous source, the chairman of the panel, Justice Salami told Shittu that the so-called interim report was a figment of the imagination of the writers of the reports.
The source said: “Magu’s lawyer raised the issue of an interim report with the Justice Ayo Salami panel last week. The chairman denied any such report.
“Justice Salami told Magu and his lawyer that the reports of any interim reports are nothing but a figment of the imagination of the writers.”
The source added that Justice Salami told the embattled former EFCC boss; and his counsel that they should only bother themselves with whatever came from the panel and not any hearsays.
“What should concern you and your client is what the chairman said. Inviting the promoters of the story will not serve any useful purpose as they will not disclose their sources for the story;” the source quoted Justice Salami as telling Magu and his lawyer.
However, in an interview on Sunday, August 30, Shittu confirmed that the Salami panel debunked the report of the purported interim report; adding that the panel assured that it was yet to submit any report.
“The panel told us that the purported interim report is merely a figment of the writer’s imagination,” Shittu said.
The suspended Magu has been in the eye of the storm since Monday, July 6; when he was “arrested” in traffic at Wuse II in Abuja; by a combined team of mobile policemen and operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS).