BREAKING: We're sorry - EFCC admits mistake in Maina's case
Jan 22, 2020 National 614 By Afam Jude Offor
The commission, through one of its investigators, Mohammed Goji, told the Federal high Court in Abuja that the team failed to go thourough in its investiation on the PRTT case.
Goji, speaking at the court on Wednesday, January 22, confessed that they made a mistake in writing two different account numbers for one bank account in Exhibit B1 being used as evidence used against Faisal. This is perhaps the first time in the history of the EFCC's investiagtions on allegations related to fraud in Nigeria. It was earlier reported that the EFCC had told a Federal High Court in Abuja that Maina would jump bail if it is granted. The EFCC, in convincing the court to tow its part, described Maina as a fugitive of law and an irresponsible citizen. This was contained in a counter affidavit filed by the commission against the bail application by Maina, who is being tried on money laundering related charges. The anti-graft agency said Maina allegedly stole about N3billion pensioners’ fund in what it described as an elaborate grand scam. The EFCC said Maina is a citizen of the United States and a naturalised resident of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with an expired Nigerian passport. The commission, however, stated that Maina has always sneaked into Nigeria at night through the borders with Niger in Sokoto and Katsina. It prayed the court to reject Maina’s bail request because it took a lot of efforts for security agents to arrest him after fleeing for about seven years. “The first defendant/applicant is not a responsible citizen, rather he has been a fugitive of law for seven years until his eventual arrest on 30th September, 2019 when he was arrested following a joint operation of Secret Security Service (DSS),” the EFCC said. Following a report on alleged ill-health and absence from trial, Justice Okon Abang had demanded a fresh medical test for Maina.