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The Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging his being declared a wanted person for corruption allegations.

He argued in the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1174/2017, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s publication of his name and picture in a newspaper advertisement on November 7, 2017, declaring him wanted, was borne out of malice and amounted to a violation of his rights to dignity of person.

Maina, who was controversially reinstated into the federal civil service last year, added that the EFCC, the International Police, and other respondents’ acts of alleged intimidation, harassment, threats of arrest and detention flouted his rights to personal liberty and fair hearing.

He asked the court to make an order of mandatory injunction restraining the respondents from further making such publication against him.

The embattled ex-PTTPR chairman also demanded N500m as damages for the respondents’ previous acts which he contended violated his rights.

He sought an order restraining the respondents from further intimidating, harassing, arresting and detaining him.

Maina equally sought an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to apologise to him in three national dailies for its newspaper advertisements declaring him wanted on November 7, 2017.

The respondents to the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); the EFCC; the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris; the Commissioner of Police, Interpol and the Nigerian Immigration Service.

Maina had reportedly fled the country, subsequently declared wanted and sacked from the civil service after the EFCC accused him and others of looting about N2.1bn pension funds in 2013.

But he was controversially reinstated in the middle of last year.

Following the development, the EFCC, again declared him wanted in an advertisement which had both his name and picture, published in a newspaper on November 7, 2017.

Maina’s lead counsel, O. J. Onyemah, anchored the suit, filed last December on seven grounds, one of which was that there was no legal justification for declaring his client wanted.

He argued that there was no law empowering any of the respondents to advertise/publish or parade Maina’s name and picture “as a criminal” when the plaintiff had not been tried or convicted by any court.

Onyemah also contended that “the purported warrant of arrest” relied upon by the EFCC “did not direct the publishing or parading of the applicant’s name and picture in any newspaper or media at all.”

He added that the respondents had “whimsically and severally” threatened and violated Maina’s rights even when there was another pending suit filed in 2016 by Maina and marked FHC/ABJ/CS/371/2016 to challenge the respondents’ acts of intimidation.

Maina, through the affidavit deposed to by a lawyer in his legal team, Mr. Mba Ogbudibia, and filed in support of the suit, accused the EFCC of putting him on media trial.

The affidavit read in part, “There is no warrant of arrest properly called in existence authorising the respondents, particularly the 2nd respondent, to carry out newspaper publication as stated above on which the respondents are basing their renewed intimidation, harassment, threats of arrest and detention of the Applicant.

“By the order of the Chief Magistrate Court, Abuja, dated 6/5/2016, the said magistrate decided with finality that it lacks jurisdiction to issue any warrant of arrest against the Applicant.

“The applicant has suffered serious injury and irreparable damage as a result of the reckless indiscretion and act of the Respondent complained herein.”

Part of the prayers Maina sought in his suit were, “An order of injunction restraining the respondents jointly and severally, whether by themselves, their officers, servants, agents or whosoever described, acting on their behalves, from any or further acts of intimidation, harassment, threats, unlawful arrest and detention of applicant or howsoever interfering with the applicant’s personal liberty save in accordance with due process of law.

“An order directing the 2nd respondent (EFCC) to publish and/or make a public apology to the Applicant in three national newspapers including the The Nation Newspaper for the reckless and malicious use of the name and picture of the Applicant as a wanted person for fraud contrary to Applicant’s human dignity and presumption of innocence guaranteed by the CFRN 1999 (as amended).

“N500,000,000.00 general and exemplary damages against the Respondents jointly and severally for the violation of the applicant’s fundamental rights aforestated.”





Kayode Fayemi Officially Becomes New Ekiti Governor [PHOTO]

Peter Okunoren



Former Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, has been inaugurated as the new Governor of Ekiti State.

His inauguration took place in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Tuesday.

Fayemi, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had emerged winner of the keenly contested governorship election in July.

The former Minister had defeated his challenger, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emerge governor for the second time.

Fayemi took his oath of office in the presence of party members and supporters.

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EFCC I’m Here!!! Fayose Arrives Fayose Storms EFCC Office With His Bag Of Clothes [PHOTOS]



Ayodele Fayose, immediate past governor of Ekiti, has arrived at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

Fayose had earlier notified the EFCC that he will make himself available immediately his tenure expires.

He was on Tuesday accompanied to the anti-graft agency’s office by Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, and Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation.

Wearing a black t-shirt with the inscription “EFCC, I’m here”, the ex-governor said: “I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October, and like I said to EFCC, they should await my arrival.

“This morning, they have been to my house which I think its unnecessary.”

Also speaking, Wike said: “He wrote to the EFCC that he will submit himself on the 16th of October.

“So let Nigerians know that he came by himself to EFCC without anybody harassing him, so that’s why I brought him here.”

Fayose was seen with a bag filled with his clothes.

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FG Drags Davido’s Uncle, 4 Others To Court For Exam Malpractices



The Federal Government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged examination malpractices.

The accused were dragged to court on Monday.

Adeleke and others were accused, in a four-count charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police, of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them to sit for the National Examination Council examination of June/July 2017.

Named with Adeleke in the charge are: Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the principal of the school), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (teacher).

Adeleke was absent when the case was called.

His lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), who is also the lawyer of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, told the court that his client took ill on Friday and had been stooling.

Izinyon said a copy of a medical report was available to that effect.

He said Adeleke suddenly took ill at the weekend, but was getting better.

He sought a postponement of the arraignment.

Prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said he was in receipt of the medical report on the health condition of the 1st defendant (Adeleke).

Lough said he was not averse to a short adjournment as sought by Izinyon.

He said the defendants were released on the administrative bail granted them by the police.

Lawyers to the other defendants also agreed to a short adjournment, following which Justice I. E. Ekwo adjourned till October 31 for arraignment.

In the first count preferred against the defendants, the prosecution alleged that the five defendants “conspired to commit a felony, to wit: examination malpractices, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004”.

In count 2, the prosecution alleged that the three members of staff of the school acted in concert by aiding and abetting “the commission of examination malpractice by personation” when they allegedly “registered Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke” while knowing or having “reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.

The alleged offence is said to be contrary to Section 9(1) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

In count three, the two Adelekes were accused of acting in concert and “personated as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School when you fraudulently registered as students of the school in the June/July, 2017 NECO”.

The offence is said to be contrary to Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

The fourth count accused the three members of staff of the school of “acting in concert” and while “saddled with the responsibilities of registering students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination, breached that duty by registering Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke as students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination when you know or had reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.

The fourth count was said to be contrary to Section 10(a) and punishable under Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

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