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Ozekhome appeared before Justice Salami-led panel submits documents and video

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on Tuesday appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami’s Presidential Panel investigating the fraudulent activities in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu.

Ozekhome who testified against Magu, spoke about his leadership failure and the investigative deficiencies of the anti-graft agency. He also criticized the EFCC for engaging more in media trial instead of being professional in delivering its duties.

According to Punch, Ozekhome said he was invited to make certain recommendations. The senior advocate noted that he only appeared before the panel to address the deficiencies in the anti-graft agency.

Ozekhome submitted six exhibits to the panel, including two videos and letters he had written to then acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the need to reform the EFCC.

“I have not even said anything about the seizure of my funds by the EFCC and I am surprised that Ojaomo, a lawyer, can talk about something he didn’t witness. My N75m was seized by Magu and his goons despite the fact that it was my legal fees. I went to court and defeated them; so, I have nothing to prove.

“All I did at the panel was to tender some documents and some CDs, which contained videos. One of them is a video where I was given a standing ovation at an event where I advised Magu on how to fight corruption. It was about telling them not to do a one-sided anti-graft war, where you arrest activists and leave those in government.

“I also tendered a letter dated May 2017, which I wrote to the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. In the letter, I raised 12 questions as to where the recovered loot and property were and if the property had been sold, to who and for how much. Tell Ojaomo to relax and that I have not yet started.”

Tosin Ojaomo, Magu’s lawyer, had in his reaction to Ozekhome’s visit to the Salami-led panel said that it was unfortunate that Ozekhome who had publicly criticized the leadership of the EFCC and Magu, was invited by the panel, yet his client, Magu, had not been given an opportunity to defend himself.

“We are aware of the visit of Chief Ozekhome. His grouse is the freezing of his account in 2017, which was later unfrozen. Unfortunately, it only goes on to show that the panel is on a fishing expedition, because the panel is also inviting people, who have a score to settle with Magu,” he said.

“This is not how panels are supposed to act. We all remember how the Justice Oputa panel conducted itself professionally many years ago. People, who were invited, were given petitions ahead of time so that they could defend themselves. Till date, Magu has not received any petition. Is this fair?”

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