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Maina feigning pain to escape from custody, Minister, NCoS Tell Court

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Home Minister Rauf Aregbesola and Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) Haliru Nababa said Abdulrasheed Maina was feigning pain to help him escape from his legal detention.
The Minister and the CG made the allegation in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina’s original petition filed before Judge Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday.
In the application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1719/22, dated and filed October 31, the duo said: “It has become apparent from the intelligence report available to them that the applicant (Maina) only feigns evil to get him out of the prison facility to help him escape from his lawful confinement.
The request was filed by the Chief Superintendent of Corrections, Diamond Bako, who was an officer in charge of the clinic at Kuje Medium Security Detention Center.
The former president of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Maina, had, on October 17, filed an ex parte petition bearing the mention: FHC/ABJ/CS/1729/2022.
He (the plaintiff) listed the Minister and the CG of the NCoS as 1st and 2nd defendants respectively, in a motion dated and filed on September 27.
Maina, who is currently serving an eight-year prison term in Kuje prison for N2 billion pension fraud, had told the court that he was suffering from a life-threatening illness in the prison and that he needed urgent medical attention.
The former Reformed Pensions boss asked the court for an injunction ordering the Minister and the CG, through their staff or agents, to take him immediately to a reputable and recognized hospital for the treatment of his life-threatening illnesses in awaiting the hearing and the decision of its movement of origin.
Responding, the respondents, in the counter affidavit, said that contrary to Maina’s assertion, he was never denied access to medical services, but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under the services. medical devices to escape legal custody.
They described the medical reports he produced as “self-induced”.
“The attachments to the affidavit in support of Plaintiff’s (Maina) originating motion only show that, contrary to Plaintiff’s assertions that he was denied access to medical facilities, the applicant had access to medical care at the teaching hospital of the University of Abuja, where he was treated several times, and the documents amply substantiated these facts.
“Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the plaintiff’s originating motion, there was no time when the plaintiff collapsed in the Kuje medium-security detention center;
“The applicant, on several occasions, himself complained of his health and he was taken (and not rushed) to a specialized and reputable hospital for medical services.
“He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of willingness from the hospital management to take care of him.
“During his stay in the hospital he was visited by several friends and relatives, who sat with him, chatted with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them, laughing occasionally, without any sign of illness and/or pain.
“When after several hours of waiting and efforts on the part of the agents of the 2nd responder (NCoS’ CG) with the management of the hospital to present themselves and take care of him, he failed, he is became apparent that the hospital referral was a mere gimmick to remove the plaintiff from his legal custody.
“It was at this time that the agents of the 2nd defendant received a confidential and top secret intelligence report that the plaintiff must, for the sake of convenience, be promptly removed from the hospital and returned to the detention center, otherwise, armed men believed to be loyal to the claimant will strike and take the claimant to an unknown destination,” they alleged.
“It is at first glance from this high-powered spy, an intelligence report worrying about a possible plan to snatch the plaintiff from the few agents of the 2nd defendant on the ground at the hospital, and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the plaintiff was returned to the court to forestall the danger of attack,” they alleged.
They said Maina, who was arraigned on October 25, 2019, on 12 counts, although he pleaded not guilty, he however skipped bail after being released on bail for health reasons. .
They said Senator Ali Ndume, who vouched for Maina, was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was re-arrested.
The minister and the CG told the court that Maina was only setting off false health alerts.
When the hearing resumed last Wednesday, Maina’s lawyer, Ibrahim Idris, SAN, explained that the defendants’ lawyer, Abdulmumin Muhammad, had just served him with his request.
Judge Ekwo adjourned the case until November, Friday for hearing.