Maina Drags EFCC To Court Over Defamation, Demand N10bn
The Former Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) Chairman Abdulrasheed Maina, has sued the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the agency for alleged defamation of character.
The suit dated January 15 and filed on his behalf by his counsel, Mr. James Onyilo, before a High Court of Justice, Lafia, accused Magu of granting media interview on November 30th and December 14th, 2017, which were defamatory, slanderous, untrue injurious and intended to lower the reputation and integrity of the plaintiff in the estimation of right thinking members of the society, which in turn brought him to public ridicule, odium, contempt and derision.
According to the writ of summons, Maina’s counsel prayed the court to order the defendants to retract and publish an apology to the plaintiff in at least three daily newspapers within seven days from the day of the judgment.
Maina urged the court to restrain the EFCC boss from making comments considered defamatory to him.
He asked for an order directing the defendants to pay jointly and severally N10billion as damages for the publications.
In the statement of claim, Onyilo said:
“The 1st defendant (Magu), who has a personal score and vendetta to settle with the plaintiff using the instrumentality of the 2nd defendant (EFCC), maliciously embarked on a campaign of calumny against the plaintiff.”