The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairman of the Presidential Task team on Pension Matters, wanted.
Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT)
Premium Times reports that Maina is wanted for his role in the fraudulent biometric contracts through which he, Steve Oronsaye, former head of service, and two others allegedly stole over N2billion of pension funds.
Confirming the move, Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson of the EFCC, revealed that the anti-graft agency had have already secured an arrest warrant against the former pension boss. He added that the warrant would enable the commission to arrest Maina “wherever he is in the world”.
On July 21, Maina was charged alongside Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.
According to Sahara Reporters, while Oronsaye and two others were in court and pleaded not guilty, Maina had been at large.
On July 21, the court heard the bail applications of the accused. Speaking through his counsel, Esther Uzoma, Maina explained that he was not at large because the EFCC had never invited him.
Rotimi Jacobs, the EFCC counsel, pleaded with the court to prevail on the accused’s counsel to produce Maina in court as the commission knew nothing about his whereabouts. However, Maina continued to shun court proceedings; therefore, the EFCC had no other option than to declare him wanted.
A week ago, the EFCC arrested two bankers with Fidelity Bank for allegedly aiding Maina, to launder stolen funds.
A source familiar with the matter disclosed that the two bankers, Danjuma Zubairu and Abubakar Gwambe, were said to have been managing proxy accounts for Maina who had been charged by the anti-graft commission for stealing billions of naira through a phony biometric exercise alongside Steve Oronsaye, the former head of service of the federation.
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