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The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is expected to submit its report latest next week, going by the terms of reference given to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The PUNCH reports that the document inaugurating the panel, which was personally signed by Buhari, stated that the panel had 45 days to complete its probe of the suspended EFCC boss.

The publication said the document is titled, “Instrument Constituting a Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Ag. Chairman of the EFCC for Alleged Abuse of Office and Mismanagement of Federal Government Recovered Assets and Finances from May 2015 to May 2020.”

According to the report, Buhari listed the seven members of the panel to include a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami; Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Michael Ogbezi; a representative of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Muhammad Babadoko; and Hassan Abdullahi from the Department of State Services.

Others are: Muhammad Shamsudeen from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation; Douglas Egweme from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and Kazeem Atitebi, who serves as the Secretary.

The document, said to be dated July 3, 2020, read in part, “I hereby direct the judicial commission to submit its interim reports to me from time to time but the judicial commission shall, in any case, submit its final report not later than 45 days from the date of its first public sitting or within such extended period as may be authorised by me in writing.”

It said the commission is expected to submit its report on or before August 19, 2020.

The report noted that President recommended a public sitting, though the panel led by Salami has been holding its activities behind closed doors.

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