…panel rejects ex-EFCC boss’ plea
**pledges fair hearing to all parties
Presidential Investigation Committee on the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, will be taking the testimonies of former head of state, Abdulsalami
Abubakar, General Theophilus Danjuma and former director-general of the Nigerian
Intelligence agency, NIA, Ayodele Oke, against suspended acting Chairman of the EFCC,
They will appear before the Justice Ayo Isa Salami-led presidential probe panel telling their
stories how they were allegedly handled, intimidated, humiliated and harassed by the
embattled former EFCC boss.
A highly placed source close to the probe panel yesterday, told Nigerian Pilot that they are
free to appear in person or send their written submissions alongside relevant documents
through their legal representatives before the panel.
According to the source, letters of invitation has been dispatched to them for onward
preparations ahead of their testimony against the probe panel.
The source further added that a former prosecutor who also doubles as a Senior Advocate
of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Godwin Obla, may head the prosecutorial team of the EFCC after the
ongoing restructuring and re-organisation of the anti-graft agency.
He maintained that Chief Godwin Obla, SAN, legal fees been owe by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, amounting to over N600million will be addressed to
enable the office of the Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami, order for the payments of the legal fees.
He said that the panel is rounding up its assignment and will make the report and findings to
the Nigerian public as well as President Muhammadu Buhari.
On Wednesday, the panel rejected the request for video recording of the panel’s
proceedings made by the suspended acting chairman.
The chairman of the panel, Justice Salami, however, pledged fair hearing to all parties
appearing before it.
He also made it clear that no one is on trial before the committee, which is on a fact-finding