Court says Senate failed to justify its order
A federal high court sitting in Abuja Wednesday morning, vacated the arrest warrant issued by Nigerian Senate against the sacked chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Justice Adamu Bello, in his one hour judgment held that the arrest warrant issued did not comply with section 88 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
The court held that it was regrettable that the respondents failed to make available the National Assembly journal or the official government gazette, containing the process leading to the issuance of the arrest warrant.
According to Mr. Bello, the lack of these documents, means there is no evidence to show that the arrest warrant emanated through the process in accordance with the law.
He further restrained the Senate and its committees, including the Nigerian Police from attempting to arrest or harass Mr. Maina in relation to his failure to appear before it on the pending investigation into the rot in pension administration.
The judgement was delivered in the absence of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, who is still at large.