The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Thursday, explained why he decided not to honour the invitation by Justice Ayo Salami panel was based on constitutional consideration.
The panel is probing the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
The minister, who stated this in a statement by his spokesperson, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said he refused to attend the panel because the wordings of the invitation extended to him were unconstitutional.
Magu had applied to the Salami panel to issue a subpoena inviting Malami, being the main accuser whose memo to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), triggered the setting up of the panel, to appear to testify, tender documents and be cross-examined.
Appearing on a television live programme, Malami had boasted that he would gladly honour an invitation by the Salami panel.
His Thursday’s statement justifying his decision not to honour the invitation by panel came as a departure from his previous pledge on the national television.
But he said in the statement that he had no ulterior motive not honouring the invitation.