THE Attorney – General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN ), on Thursday , explained that he decided not to honour the invitation by Justice Ayo Salami panel , which is probing the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission based on constitutional consideration .
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 be glad honour an invitation by the Salami panel .
His Thursday ’ s statement justifying his decision not to honour the invitation by the panel came as departure from his previous pledge on a national television .
But he said in the statement that he had no ulterior motive not honouring the invitation.