The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that at no time did it issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the ex-chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Force, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
The commission stated this on Thursday in a counter-affidavit deposed to by Yusuf Musa, one of its litigation officers at the Federal High Court, Kaduna, adding that it has no such powers to issue a bench warrant on Maina.
The former pension boss had in a written address in support of a summons he filed at the court on Wednesday, prayed for a perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from arresting him.
Aside the EFCC, other defendants in Maina’s suit are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Senate President and the House of Representatives Speaker.
But the EFCC in its counter-affidavit said that Maina was not saying the truth that it issued a warrant for his arrest.
“That paragraph 4(g) of the plaintiff’s affidavit is denied as false because the 1st defendant has no power to issue a bench warrant and has not issued any bench warrant against or for the arrest of the plaintiff,” part of EFCC’s counter-affidavit read.
The anti-graft agency meanwhile argued that it would be in the interest of justice for the court to deny Maina’s prayer for a perpetual order restraining his arrest.
EFCC said, “That it will be in the interest of justice to refuse and dismiss the plaintiffs originating summons for lacking in merit.”
Maina in the suit is challenging the legality of the EFCC to declare him wanted.
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