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Reps urge EFCC to urgently arrest, prosecute Maina

Reps urge EFCC to urgently arrest, prosecute Maina

The House of Representatives has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to without delay arrest and prosecute former chairman of Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The lawmakers, are concerned that after allegedly looting pension fund running into billions of naira and disappearing, that Maina was again questionably reinstated.

They therefore ordered the EFCC to ensure he is arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other corrupt elements with similar tendency.

The order of the Reps members was contained in its resolution of October 24, 2017 and was sequel to a motion of urgent national importance moved by Jagaba Adams Jagaba.

The motion was based on the revelation that Maina, who once ignored the National Assembly and the EFCC and escaped from the country to the United Arab Emirates to evade prosecution for economic crime, was secretly recalled to his former post in the Ministry of Interior.

The resolution of the Reps members is marked NASS/CAN/105/Vol.23/154 and dated November 7, 2017, but was formally conveyed to acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. M. A. Sani- Omolori.

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Already, the House had constituted an ad-hoc committee with the mandate to probe the circumstances surrounding the “re-surfacing, re-absorbing and subsequent elevation of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina from the rank of Assistant Director (the position he held before he was removed in 2013, to the position of an Acting Director) and to recommend strong sanctions against any person or persons who are implicated in the scandal.”

Since the discovery and media report of controversial reinstatement of Maina into the civil service and his subsequent dismissal by President Muhammadu Buhari, the former pension boss has been in hidding and has not been seen in public.

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