EFCC gets 7 days ultimatum to delist Maina from watch list
*Say EFCC making Buhari’s reputation questionable
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO) under the auspices of Legislative Watch has issued seven days ultimatum to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to comply with the court verdicts on Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team ( PRTT) and remove his name from its website as ” wanted” in contravention to order of the subsisting court order.
Failure to do this, the Executive Security of the body, Ihuoma Ngozika in a statement yesterday in Abuja vowed to take the flagrant abuse of the judiciary back to the Court for Contempt proceedings if the EFCC management refuses to abide by this order after the elapse of 7 days from today.
The body also stated that the act of impunity and lawlessness being exhibited by EFCC is closely watched and profiled by the international community, and is making the President’s reputation questionable within and without. “This trend is DANGEROUS for our Democracy and it is against what the President has always stood for.” he added.
According to Ngozika, all security agencies have complied with the court verdicts on Maina, except the EFCC, who have refused to remove his name from their website as ” wanted” in contravention to order of the subsisting court order.
“Going through the series of events regarding Abdulrasheed Maina’s pension case, it is easy to understand that EFCC is lawless through flagrant disobedience to court orders/judgments. All the three COURT JUDGEMENTS secured by MAINA against the EFCC have not been obeyed to date”
“The Legislative Watch keenly observed the lawlessness and impunity being played out by the EFCC over the refusal to respect the recent court judgement ordering it to remove the name of former Chairman of the Pension Reform Team, Abdulrasheed Maina from its wanted list”
“The enrolment order of the judgment clearly states that the EFCC , its agents, privies, representatives, and other related affiliates are to forthwith remove the picture, name, references, details and particulars of Maina from the wanted list published on the official website or any other related platforms”
“Recently, Maina got respite from the illegal declaration as “wanted” by the EFCC. This is achieved through a judgment verdict that has perpetually restrained EFCC from further declaring Maina “wanted”.
The Secretary urged both the Attorney-General and the Solicitor General of the Federation to wade in and direct EFCC and its Management to respect the COURT ORDER to save the nations Democracy and Rule of Law.
“Rule of law is the lifeline of any democratic governance and civilized society. Thus, it should be respected.” She added.