JUST IN: COURT BARS EFCC FROM TAKING ACTION ON EX-PENSION BOSS MAINA

February 18, 2019
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There may be some reprieve for the embattled chairman of the disbanded Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Malam Abdulrasheed Maina, as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from declaring him wanted.

Continentour.com.ng learnt that the judgement of the court was delivered by Justice Giwa Ogunbanjo, who presided over the case filed by Maina. The court described the action of the EFCC to declare Maina wanted as unlawful.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that Maina’s suit of September 5, 2018, with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/957/2918, had urged the court to determine whether EFCC has the legal power to declare him wanted on its official website or any other media platform or even harass him.

Maina also prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction to restrain EFCC from further harassing him or declaring him wanted in relation to the particulars and subject matter of the suit.

The report said the former pension boss asked the court to order the EFCC, its staff, agents, privies, representatives and any other person or related affiliates under whatever name or guise to stay clear and remove his picture, name, references, addresses, details and other particulars from the wanted list published on the EFCC official website or any other related platform where ever it may be.”

According to the report, Justice Ogunbanjo passed the prayer for perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC and its affiliates or related bodies from declaring Maina wanted over the issue.

The judge explained that declaring Maina wanted was done without an order of a court of competent jurisdiction, as stipulated by section 41 and 42 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

The court reportedly discredited the EFCC’s action of placing Maina on its ‘wanted’ list saying this is unlawful as well as an infringement on his fundamental rights.

Continentour.com.ng earlier reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, on Tuesday, February 12, ordered the EFCC and two commercial banks to jointly pay N100 million to the Benue state government for freezing its accounts last year.

Delivering judgement in the suit number FHC/MKD/CS/46/2018 filed by the Benue state government challenging the legality of the EFCC freezing its accounts, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon ordered the anti-graft commission to pay the government the sum of N50 million as damages, while the two banks are to each pay the sum of N25 million.

Justice Olajuwon stated that the Benue government accounts that were frozen do not fall within the classes or categories of accounts liable to be frozen by the EFCC.

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