Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, has accused lawyers to the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, of mendacity and peddling fake news about him.
Magu is facing probe by the Salami-led Presidential panel over alleged underhand dealings bordering on fraud, corruptly enriching himself and insubordination to the Attorney General and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami.
Statements credited to the anti-corruption czar’s lawyers claimed Justice Salami in private discussion had expressed regret taking up the assignment.
The retired jurist said at no time did he hold such view adding it only existed in the imagination of the peddlers in a statement he released on Tuesday.
The statement reads in part, “The reports were a figment of the wild imagination of the reporter, the two lawyers quoted as his sources, and the medium that published the story.
“There was no time anything near the unthinkable scenario painted in the false story occurred in any meeting between myself and the lawyers to Magu or any other person for that matter since the Judicial Commission of Inquiry began its sittings.
“I see my appointment to serve as the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry as an honour and call to service, thus my decision to accept diligently and patrioticaIIy discharge this responsibility.”