A very shameful scenario played out at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission clashed with officials of the Nigerian Correctional Services over whose custody the jailed former chairman of the now-defunct Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, should be.
Though Justice Okon Abang sentenced Maina to 61 years’ imprisonment and held that Maina should be with in NCoS but EFCC operatives disagreed with their counterparts in NCoS.
The security operatives from both the EFCC and NCoS had an altercation while attempting to take custody of Maina.
After the sentencing, prison officials, who were already on standby in the courtroom and within the court premises, led Maina out.
However, trouble started when EFCC operatives insisted that Maina must go in their vehicle. But after the clash, but the NCoS later took custody of Maina.
Justice Abang had sentenced Maina to 61 years’ imprisonment on 12 counts bordering on money laundering but to run concurrently for eight years.
The court had found him guilty of inducing staff of Fidelity Bank to open bank accounts for him without conducting due diligence and money laundering.