18 February 2013

Nigeria: Pension Fund - Court Extends Time, Senate, Others to File Counter Affidavits

The Federal High Court on Monday in Abuja granted the Senate an extension of time to file a counter affidavit on a motion challenging its resolution for the warrant it issued on Abdulrasheed Maina.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Maina, Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force Team, had dragged the Senate and seven other defendants to court in respect of the warrant for his arrest.

The other defendants included the Senate President, Clerk of the Senate, Senate Committees on Establishment & Public Service and the State & Local Government Administration.

Others were the Inspector General of Police, Sen. Aloysius Etuk, Chairman, Senate Committee on Establishment & Public Service as well as Sen. Kabiru Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on State & Local Government Administration.

At the resumed sitting on Monday, Justice Adamu Bello held that "since the respondents had yet to file their counter affidavits, arguments on the application cannot go on today".

"In the circumstance, the respondents are given three days within which to file their counter affidavits and the applicant has three days to reply," he said.

In a related development, Mr Magaji Mahmud (SAN), counsel to Maina filed an oral application praying for an order for the maintenance of "statuesque" by all the parties.

He submitted that such an order was necessary to stop the threat coming on his client from the respondents.

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