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Monday, 23 October 2017

Recalled ex Pension Boss Abdulrasheed Maina still wanted – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is still wanted.

Maina had been declared wanted by the EFCC for a pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion.




He had been investigated and invited by the Senate, and arrest warrant issued against him after ignoring the panel. He sued the Senate and the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and thereafter went into hiding after being declared wanted by the police.

 

He was suspected to be in the United Arab Emirates, from where he had been lobbying to stay in the good graces of the Buhari-administration.

It was reported a week ago that the former pension boss has been recalled and promoted to the position of Director the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Interior by the Buhari-administration.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has also confirmed Maina’s resumption as Acting Director in his ministry.

The confirmation came in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the minister, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Sunday.

Osaigbovo, however, debunked media reports that his principal was one of those responsible for Maina’s “reinstatement”.

But in a text to Punch, the spokesperson for EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, wrote: “Maina is still on the commission’s wanted person’s list.”

A source at Interpol who asked to remain anonymous said they aren’t investigating the former pension boss.

He said:
We are not investigating Maina. We received a request from the government, issued a red alert and informed our agents worldwide to ensure that he is arrested. If Maina is back in the country then probably the Nigerian government has withdrawn its request.
Although a source said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, helped Maina in securing a reinstatement, it hasn’t been proven if this is true.

Maina had reportedly accused the EFCC of a witch-hunt in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.




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