Abiodun OBA


Kuje prison officers stood their ground on Monday, refusing to allow the EFCC operatives, some of whom came in police uniform, to whisk Mr Maina away after conviction on the premises of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, had convicted and sentenced Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairperson of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), to eight years’ imprisonment.

However, as the officers of the Correctional Centre, Kuje, were taking Mr Maina out of the court premises amid tight security, EFCC operatives drove two vehicles into the premises, blocking the correctional centre’s Hilux van.

The development led to hot arguments between the two opposing personnel as they corked their rifles in defence.

A prison officer, who spoke to newsmen anonymously shortly after the pandemonium, said the EFCC operatives had come in the name of re-arresting Mr Maina for another charge.

“They said they have a warrant to rearrest him after he was just convicted.

“Our own stand is that the court just convicted him and if they need to rearrest him, they should come through the court.

The judge, Okon Abang, had ordered that the terms of imprisonment for all the 12 counts shall run concurrently from October 25, 2019, the date the convict was arraigned.

The judge, who ruled that Mr Maina must refund money running over a billion naira to the federal government coffers, among others, also ordered that the company used for the unlawful act be wound up.

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