The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said only President Muhammadu Buhari can determine the fate of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Punch reports.
Malami said this on a Channels TV programme titled, ‘Question Time’ on Friday.
The AGF was asked if it was proper for Magu to continue in acting capacity despite being rejected twice by the Senate following a damning report issued against him by the Department of State Services.
Malami said, “I cannot comment on the position of my office but one thing I can tell you clearly is that power is vested in the President constitutionally and it is the President that has the prerogative and the right to make any conclusion that arises from there.”
When probed further if Magu’s integrity challenge would not affect the anti-graft war, Malami said he wouldn’t like to pre-empt the position of the presidency over that.”
The minister admitted that he had investigated Magu and sent a report to the President but maintained that he could not reveal the details of the report.
Malami, however, denied reports that the anti-corruption war was selective.
He said the whistleblower policy of the Federal Government had led to the recovery of stolen funds, adding that efforts were being made to fine-tune the policy including ensuring protection of whistleblowers.