Thursday, 26 October 2017

Family says Buhari invited Maina to assist in the “Change” agenda as report says DSS paid N152 million into his account

The Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria’s secret police, reportedly made a transfer of N152 million into the account of wanted former pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina.

According to Premium Times, the payment proves that Maina and the DSS have been in a relationship for a while.

It was reported that between 2011 and 2013, over N500 million was paid into a corporate bank account in the name of Cluster Logistics Limited, a fictitious company Maina used his brother Khalid Ali Biu, an employee at Fidelity Bank, to create.

Biu was reportedly both the account manager of the company’s account with Fidelity Bank, and the director of the company.

Maina was also reported to be a signatory to the account.

Bank documents reportedly show that the DSS, paid a total of over N152 million into the account.
Premium Times also reports that Maina was escorted into the country by the DSS, who also provided security and a safe house for him.

Although Maina has since gone into hiding, his family, according to Daily Trust, has said he will not surface until his security is guaranteed.

Maina is in possession of facts that are against the cabal and will interest the Nigerian populace, the family said.
As you know Abdulrasheed Maina had been a target in the past, so experience is the best teacher. But when his security is guaranteed, he will surface from wherever he is and tell Nigerians the truth.
All the same, we have contacted our solicitors, Messrs Mamman Nasir & Co and instructed them to act appropriately.
We equally know that Abdulrasheed Maina is in possession of facts that are against the cabal and interesting to the Nigerian populace, which he will disclose soonest. One must ask whether it is an offence for somebody to serve his fatherland.
They added that Maina was invited to return to the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari-administration, to assist in the “Change” agenda. They said:
It is on record that Abdulrasheed Maina’s reform put to a stop the fraudulent withdrawal of huge sums from both the Nigerian Pension Board, the Nigerian Police Pension Board, etc. Perhaps it is his noble efforts that made him enviable to the present administration when they came into power to convince him to come back and assist in its ‘CHANGE’ agenda.
Abdulrasheed was in fact invited by this administration and he was promised security to come and clean up the mess and generate more revenue to government by blocking leakages.
He succumbed to the present administration and came back to Nigeria. He has been working with the DSS for quite some time and he was given necessary security.
The DSS has however not reacted to the report as at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, the presidency had earlier in a statement said government officials loyal to former president Goodluck Jonathan may be responsible for the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina who has been declared wanted by the EFCC since 2013 was reinstated and promoted to the position of Director in the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Interior.

Recall that Maina was reportedly dismissed by the Jonathan-administration for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest.

It was also reported that the reinstatement of the wanted former pension boss was signed off by the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami.

However, in a statement released by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, he said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had no moral right to level accusations against the current administration.

According to Daily Trust, Shehu described Maina as one of “the monsters created by the former PDP government, who are still rearing their ugly heads long after the Party was soundly defeated in the 2015 elections.”

He said:
Some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Maina to the public service, despite being on the EFCC’s wanted list.
Over and over again, the President Buhari government has pointed out that the administration’s greatest problem is the mess left behind by the previous government. Maina is just one more example.
Shehu said top officials of the PDP benefited from Maina’s corrupt practices, and described him as “a man warmly ensconced in the bosom of power.” He said:
Top officials in the PDP government, from sectoral heads, to those charged with responsibility for law and order received some of these billions of naira from Maina.
We have all the transaction records and these are matters that the EFCC has been pursuing to ensure that they all have their day in court.
He added that President Buhari will get to “the bottom of the matter of the impunity that led to Maina’s reinstatement.”

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