Prison officials, EFCC operatives fight over Maina’s custody

Though Justice Okon Abang sentenced Maina to 61 years’ imprisonment and held that Maina should be with NCoS, EFCC operatives disagreed.
Prison officials, EFCC operatives fight over Maina’s custody
Maina in CourtMatthew

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and those of the Nigerian Correctional Services at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday fought over whose custody the convicted former chairman of the now-defunct Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, should be.

Justice Okon Abang sentenced Maina to 61 years imprisonment and held that Maina should be with NCoS but EFCC operatives disagreed.

An altercation ensued between the security operatives of the EFCC and NCoS while the prison officials attempted to take Maina into custody.

After the sentencing, prison officials, who were already on standby in the courtroom and within the court premises, led Maina out.

The court held that Maina stole monies meant for pensioners as he could not prove where he got same from.

The court further held that the prosecution, produced essential evidence through witnesses called, to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Maina was also guilty of money laundering in sum of N171,099,000.

This formed part of the proceeds of the unlawful act.

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