Justice Salami denies comments credited to Magu’s lawyers, says he never spoke of regretting Buhari’s appointment


The chairman of a presidential panel Justice Ayo Salami retd, set up to probe suspended anti-graft chief, Ibrahim Magu, has denied the statement credited to him where he  expressed regret accepting to chair the panel.

Mr Salami, a retired president of the appeal court, has  described as false the statement by two lawyers representing Mr Magu that he on Friday, said he regretted accepting the presidential appointment.

Ekocitymagazine had monitored a story on  PREMIUM TIMES where it was reported that  two magu lawyers who spoke in separate interviews with the newspaper said salami regretted taking the job.

It would be recalled that Mr Salami’s panel has barred journalists from observing its proceedings,   refused to appoint a spokesperson and had not deemed it fit to explain its operations to the public.

However, in a swift reaction the jurist, irked by the claim of the two lawyers, released a rare statement describing the claim as false.

“I have no cause to express any regret over my chairmanship of the commission,…” he wrote in a statement he personally signed and sent to journalists.

Mr Salami, in the statement, did not give any reason why his panel has barred journalists and other interested Nigerians from witnessing its proceedings contrary to the law setting it up.

Mr Salami’s panel was set up following allegations of corruption and insubordination by Attorney General Abubakar Malami against Mr Magu who has denied the allegations.

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