The Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a subpoena compelling Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Ibrahim Magu, former acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) and many others to testify in the ongoing case against Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team.
The subpoena, signed on March 8 by the presiding judge, Okon Abang, commanded them to appear before the court on March 9, March 10 and March 11 to give their testimony.
Other people subpoenaed are the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Femi Falana, SAN; M. Mustapha of Zenith Bank Abuja; Hassan Salihu of ICPC; G.T. Idriss also from ICPC; Mohammed Wakil, retired Commissioner of Police; Chief Kenneth Amabem, Kennedy Uzoka, Group Managing Director of United Bank for Africa, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Managing Director, Fidelity Bank; Ibrahim Kaigama of NIPSS Jos and the director of compliance with CBN.
The document addressed to Malami and Magu reads: “You are commanded in the name of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend before this court at court 6, on 9th, 10th, 11th day of March 2021 at 9 o’clock in the forenoon, and so from day to day till the above case is tied, to give evidence on behalf of the 1st defendant.”
The first defence witness in the case, Ngozika Ihuoma, had, while giving his evidence-in-chief, alleged that EFCC under Magu misappropriated 222 property worth N1.63 trillion recovered by Pension Reform Task Team. He alleged that Magu had sold most of the property to his friends and associates. Ihuoma had also told the court that AGF and the National Security Adviser (NSA) met with Maina in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) in January 2016, “After the meeting in Dubai, Maina gave the delegation intelligence report that led to the recovery of N1.3 trillion out of the N3 trillion promised to recover,” the witness said.
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