Sagay Condemns Salami Panel For Taking Suspects’ Testimonies Against Magu

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itsay Sagay (SAN), has faulted the Justice Ayo Salami panel probing the allegations of corruption against suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for taking testimonies of suspects being investigated by the anti-graft agency.

Sagay, in a statement titled, ‘Press release by Prof. Itsay Sagay, Chairman of PACAC,’ issued on Monday, also contended that Salami appeared to be the only neutral person on the panel, which according to him was constituted by representatives of agencies that had brought the allegations against Magu.

Sagay’s statement was issued in response to a media report which quoted him as saying that Magu would not be prosecuted.

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The statement read: “What I said was that Magu could not be prosecuted before the Salami Report is out and that Malami’s allegations are just what they are, allegations in a petition.

“No one is prosecuted on unverified allegations as the PDP wanted, otherwise it would be a lost cause from the very beginning. In my statement, I made it clear that Malami’s petition was just the beginning of a process that could lead to prosecution if solid evidence is established upon investigation.

“I did not say Magu may not be prosecuted. I am not privy to the politics of the Presidency. That was from the Daily Independent’s unnamed source in the Presidency.”