Thursday, October 10, 2019

Court grants EFCC permission to detain Maina, son

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday secured an order of the FCT High Court, Bwari, to detain former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina and his son, Faisal, in its custody pending the conclusion of investigation against them.

A statement by the anti-graft’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The order, which was given on October 7, 2019, following an ex parte application by the anti-graft agency, empowers the commission to remand the defendants in its custody for an initial period of 14 days.

“The court, however, noted that the order is ‘subject to be reviewed, if necessary’. “Maina and his son were arrested at an Abuja Hotel by the Department of State Services, following a request by the commission. “They were subsequently handed to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution on allegations of fraud and money laundering.”

Also, for pulling a gun on security agents who came to arrest his father, Faisal has been handed over to the police for investigation. The 20-year-old tried to prevent his father from being arrested at Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja, last week.