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Maina’s Son, Faisal Jumps Bail, Fled To US, EFCC Tells Court
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Maina’s Son, Faisal Jumps Bail, Fled To US, EFCC Tells Court

Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has fled to the United States of America (USA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said. The EFCC’s counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Abubakar said from the information at the disposal of the anti-graft agency, Faisal fled to the USA through the Republic of Niger. Earlier at the sitting, Justice Abang, in a committal proceeding ruling, ordered Faisal’s surety, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadima. representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to forfeit a property used as a bail bond. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Faisal was granted...
EFCC Reveals Why Maina Escaped To Niger Republic
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EFCC Reveals Why Maina Escaped To Niger Republic

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed why former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, jumped bail and fled to Niger Republic. Maina is on trial for money laundering charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja. Late in 2020, he was found by the court to have jumped bail and fled to Niger. Upon an arrest warrant issued by the court, Maina was later apprehended in the neighbouring country and repatriated to Nigeria. In a fresh court document filed by the EFCC, the anti-graft agency claimed Maina “sneaked out to Niger Republic after jumping court bail was to obtain new travel documents at the Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Niamey to enable him flee back to the USA with his family where he and his fami...
I Can No Longer Be Maina’s Surety, He Is Untrustworthy – Ndume
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I Can No Longer Be Maina’s Surety, He Is Untrustworthy – Ndume

The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has said he can no longer stand as surety for the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is currently undergoing trial. He said he would direct his legal team to begin the process of terminating the surety bond he signed for Maina because, according to him, the former pension boss could not be trusted. This is as the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered that Maina should be remanded in custody till the end of his trial. Justice Okon Abang made the order following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecuting counsel, Mr Mohammed Abubakar. Maina, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2bn money laundering charges, had jumped ...
Bomb Attack: Why Nnamdi Kanu May End Up Like Maina – Ohanaeze Attacks IPOB
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Bomb Attack: Why Nnamdi Kanu May End Up Like Maina – Ohanaeze Attacks IPOB

Apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over a recent bomb attack on a church in Port-Harcourt owned by the father of State governor, Nyesom Wike. Three suspects arrested over the attack confessed to being members of IPOB adding that they carried out the attack to gain status within the proscribed group. On November 29th 2020, the suspects, identified as Progress Owudinjo, 37, from Etche, Rivers State; Apuro Victor, 25, from Ebonyi State; and John Okorie, 38, from Abia State, detonated dynamite within the premises of the Christian Universal Church Incorporated owned by Mr. Nlemanya Wike. In a statement sent to us on Friday evening signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President-General of Ohanaeze Youth Council, the leade...
Court Remands Abdulrasheed Maina At Kuje Correctional Centre
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Court Remands Abdulrasheed Maina At Kuje Correctional Centre

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Maina at Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial. At the resumed trial on Friday, the counsel representing Maina, Adaji Abel formally withdrew and the counsel engaged by Mr Maina asked for a short adjournment to enable him to study the facts of the case. Justice Abang granted the application for adjournment on the ground that the defendant who is presumed innocent is entitled to legal representation. He subsequently adjourned the case to the 8th of December for a continuation of trial.
‘Senator Ndume I Hail Oooo’ – Dino Melaye Welcomes Maina Back To Nigeria
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‘Senator Ndume I Hail Oooo’ – Dino Melaye Welcomes Maina Back To Nigeria

Senator Dino Melaye has welcomed the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina back to Nigeria. Maina was extradited to Nigeria from Niger Republic on Thursday to face his N2 billion money laundering charges. Melaye shared a video of Maina’s arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Twitter. He also hailed Senator Ali Ndume who stood as surety for Maina. “Welcome back Maina. Sen. Ndume I hail oooo,” the former Kogi West lawmaker wrote. Ndume was recently granted bail after spending days in prison for being unable to produce Maina.  
Ex-Pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina Arrested In Niger Republic By Intelligence Operatives
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Ex-Pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina Arrested In Niger Republic By Intelligence Operatives

Operatives of intelligence service in a collaboration with men of anti-corruption agency in Nigeria on Monday evening, arrested Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, in town Niger Republic. A top intelligence officer told us that the arrest was made possible due to an existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the two neighbouring countries. Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), is facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). EFCC, alleged that Maina, as Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, used the account of the firm for money laundering to the tune of about N2 billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja. He however, has ...
You will never know what you have until you lose it – Ndume tells Jonathan
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You will never know what you have until you lose it – Ndume tells Jonathan

Senator representing Borno south district, Ali Ndume has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a man who has become great in the eyes of his critics.   The lawmaker who was recently granted bail after five days in detention over Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) whom he stood as surety for jumping bail, made the comment at the launch of a wellness centre in Abuja.   Ndume averred that Nigerians don’t value what they have until they lose, and further thanked Jonathan for ''changing the political culture and landscape of the country. ''   He said;   “As God wants it, that I must be here, because I was just released from detention yesterday night (Friday), maybe God wants me to attend this occasion, o...
Money Laundering: Court Gives Ndume 21 Days To Produce Maina
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Money Laundering: Court Gives Ndume 21 Days To Produce Maina

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, gave Senator Ali Ndume who is representing Borno South, 21 days, to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has repeatedly failed to appear for continuation of his trial on money laundering charges. The former pension boss is facing a 12-count criminal charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and a firm, Common Input Properties & Investment Limited. Maina spent over seven months on remand at the Kuje Correctional Center before the court released on bail after Senator Ndume agreed to stand surety for him. EFCC alleged that he used account of the firm and laundered funds to the tune of about N2billion, part of which he used to acquire landed ...
Senator Ndume Tells Court He Can’t Find, Bring Maina To Face His Fraud Trial
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Senator Ndume Tells Court He Can’t Find, Bring Maina To Face His Fraud Trial

Senator Ali Ndume, who is standing as bail surety for a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, said on Friday that he could no longer find the defendant whom he had made a legal commitment to always produce in court for his trial. Ndume said this at the Federal High Court in Abuja while responding to the judge’s query about Maina’s absence for the third time in a row within one week. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Maina on 12 counts of money laundering involving about N2bn. The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, had ordered Maina to provide a serving senator as a surety for the bail granted him. The judge had, following Maina’s repeated requests, twice varied the bail conditions, reducing the bail sum from the...
Maina Gave me N150m Cash to Buy Abuja Property – Brother
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Maina Gave me N150m Cash to Buy Abuja Property – Brother

One of the younger brothers of Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Khalid Aliyu testified in court at his resumed trial on Thursday January 16. Testifying at the trial of his brother who was accused of diverting over N1 billion, Aliyu recalled how Maina gave him United States dollar equivalent of N150million to buy a property at Life Camp area of Abuja on his behalf. He said he delivered the money to one Alhaji Ali Sani who sold the property. He said; ”I know one Alhaji Ali Sani. The 1st defendant directed me or send me on an errand to one Alhaji Ali Sani for payment of a property located at Life Camp, Abuja. “The property was at the value of N150 million. The 1st defendant gave me the money cash at his residence in Kad...
Maina Drags Reno Omokri To Court Over Corruption Allegations, Seeks N4bn Compensation
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Maina Drags Reno Omokri To Court Over Corruption Allegations, Seeks N4bn Compensation

Former chairman of the Pensions Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has dragged Reno Omokri, media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, to court over allegations of corruption recently made against him in a national newspaper. In the suit filed before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Maina has asked the court to award the sum of N4bn compensation against Omokri for the alleged defamatory publication. Sued along Omokri was the Vanguard Media Limited publisher of the Vanguard newspaper, wherein the said defamatory publication was made. Maina, in the suit, prayed the court to declare that the comments contained in Omokri’s right of reply titled, “General Buhari’s Cambridge Certificate is as nonexistent as Louis Odion’s self esteem”, published in the V...
Atiku Lists Scandals Of Buhari’s Govt; Insists He’s Power Drunk
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Atiku Lists Scandals Of Buhari’s Govt; Insists He’s Power Drunk

Former vice president and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has listed what he considers corruption cases in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Atiku and Buhari Abubakar, who defected from the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, to the PDP,  stated this in response to a statement by the Presidency. The Presidency had in a statement on Wednesday reacted to Atiku’s claim that the President was power-drunk, saying President Buhari  would remain “uncompromising”, especially in the fight against corruption. But Atiku in a statement, yesterday, insisted the president was power-drunk, listing issues that have reflected this. He said: “If the above is true, then why did the presidency do nothing as the Attorney-General of...
Ribadu Breaks Silence On Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War
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Ribadu Breaks Silence On Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War

The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Tuesday, declared that the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari is on course.   Ribadu also said the issue of the reinstatement of former head of the Presidential Taskforce Team on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, should not be used as a yardstick in judging the country’s anti-corruption crusade.     Speaking at the unveiling of a novel, ‘The Shadow List’, written by former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Todd Moss, the former EFCC boss said he was proud of the commission he bequeathed to the country, and added that the war against corruption should not be limited to one’s country.   On the Maina case, Rib...
How I Met Abdulrasheed Maina In Dubai – Abubakar Malami
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How I Met Abdulrasheed Maina In Dubai – Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,has confessed meeting Abdulrasheed Maina, the fugitive former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions, in Dubai. Malami in an interview with The Interview magazine said he had no regrets meeting Maina in Dubai. “If hundreds of Mainas believe that they have information to offer as far at the protection of the national interest is concerned, I will meet them and will do so again,” Malami added. After a spell in exile, Maina who has been accused of stealing N2billion public pension, returned to Nigeria and was re-absorbed into service. It is widely believed that Maina’s meeting with Malami’s in Dubai two years ago, paved the way for his return and reinstatement, a move that has sparked wide...
Abdulrasheed Maina Didn’t Receive Salary From Federal Govt After Disengagement – Kemi Adeosun
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Abdulrasheed Maina Didn’t Receive Salary From Federal Govt After Disengagement – Kemi Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday, said the former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Force, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina, did not receive a salary from the government after his disengagement. Adeosun said this in Abuja when she appeared before members of House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee investigating the disappearance, re-appearance, reinstatement and promotion of Maina. She said that from the records of the ministry, there was no trace of any payment of salary to Maina after he was disengaged from service in 2013. “We have looked very well and we have no biometrics of Maina, so there is no way he could have received salaries,” Adeosun said. In his submission, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, said that Maina was last paid salary i...
I Did Not Endorse Letter For Abdulrasheed Maina’s Reinstatement – Winifred Oyo-Ita
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I Did Not Endorse Letter For Abdulrasheed Maina’s Reinstatement – Winifred Oyo-Ita

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winfred Oyo-Ita, on Thursday denied endorsing the letter for the reinstatement of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina. Oyo-Ita made the denial during the ongoing investigative hearing of the House of Representatives on the reinstatement of Maina. The Head of Service said the Ministry of Interior acted on an advance copy sent to the Federal Civil Service Commission, which was for information purpose. According to Oyo-Ita, “An officer cannot be written an official letter without it passing through a superior, any such letter must pass through the administrative head before it’s sent to the officer, it is the normal administrative line of correspondence. “I did not endorse the letter for t...
“Mr President, I Will Give You Information That Will Fetch You Over N3 Trillion Now” – Maina
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“Mr President, I Will Give You Information That Will Fetch You Over N3 Trillion Now” – Maina

Wanted former pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to give him a chance. Maina, in an interview with Channels TV, said he’s in possession of information and documents that would fetch the president N3 trillion. He said he’s been threatened with death but will continue to speak the truth. He said: I recovered money for the last administration and I recovered money for this administration. Most people may not understand this but let me explain this to Nigerians because I want the truth to be told and I want Nigerians to understand the truth and know what is going on in Nigeria. Listen, I am not afraid of anybody, I am saying the truth. People portray themselves as if they are saints around the President; it’s a lie, they are not. We recovere...
Why Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina Was Sacked In 2013 – FSCS
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Why Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina Was Sacked In 2013 – FSCS

The Acting Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Joseph Akande, said that former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, was sacked for dereliction of duty. Akande also told the House of Representatives committee investigating the matter that the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, wrote in letters requesting the recall of Maina. He said, “Mr. Maina was declared absent from duty 2013 and attempts to locate him proved abortive. The Ministry informed the HoS for query. “The Ministry of Interior gave the query. They were unable to locate him. “A letter was addressed to Maina. When Mr. Maina was unable to respond to the query, the ministry considered it, Senior Staff Committee recommeded to the ministry that Mr. Maina should be dismissed. “Sometime in 2014, Mr. Maina ...
Wanted ex-pension chief Abdulrasheed Maina Asks EFCC To Account For N1.63trn Cash, Assets He Recovered
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Wanted ex-pension chief Abdulrasheed Maina Asks EFCC To Account For N1.63trn Cash, Assets He Recovered

The embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has volunteered to testify as a state witness against the 43 pension thieves he arrested while in office. Maina said he would appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, only if the anti-graft agency is ready to account for the recovered cash and asset worth N1.63tr. Maina, speaking through his lawyer, Barr Sani Katu, said he is ready to turn himself in on the condition that the agency would resume the prosecution of the suspects he had apprehended. He also said Government should know that he is not on the run, but fears for his life, as some elements within the EFCC feel threatened by evidences and documents in his possession that could send them to jail. Katu in a s...
EFCC Seals Another Abdulrasheed Maina’s Property
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EFCC Seals Another Abdulrasheed Maina’s Property

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday sealed another property allegedly belonging to suspected pension thief, Abdulrasheed Maina. The property located at No. 5 Sokoto Road adjacent to the Zamfara State Governor’s lodge, is a set of 4 one storey block of flats under construction totalling 12 flats. The latest seizure by anti-graft agency brings the number of Maina’s property sealed in Kaduna alone, to seven. Despite the seizure,the suspect has refused to come out of his hiding to defend himself but has been using surrogates, incuding journalists and family members to launder is battered image on many media platforms. The latest of such media spins was published as an advertorial signed by someone who identified himself as a journalist and close watcher of Mai...
Officials Who Aided Abdulrasheed Maina Are Under Investigation – Presidential C’ttee
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Officials Who Aided Abdulrasheed Maina Are Under Investigation – Presidential C’ttee

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption said on Friday that the Federal Government had not swept under the carpet the case of officials involved in the scandalous reinstatement and subsequent promotion of the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina. Maina has been missing since news broke about his controversial return to the country after he was initially declared wanted in 2013 over corruption allegations. President Muhammadu Buhari has also directed that he should be sacked shortly after the ‎news of his reinstatement surfaced in the media. PACAC said in Abuja on Friday that government officials who aided and abetted Maina were being investigated, urging Nigerians to exercise patience to allow government to do a ...
FEC: Abba Kyari, Winifred Oyo-Ita Clash Over Leaked Memo On Abdulrasheed Maina
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FEC: Abba Kyari, Winifred Oyo-Ita Clash Over Leaked Memo On Abdulrasheed Maina

A mild drama played out at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council. A heated argument took place between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Head of the Civil Service Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita. The altercation was believed to be based on Oyo-Ita’s leaked memo to Kyari on the embattled former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina. The mild drama played out in the presence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun. Saraki, Dogara and Oyegun were present to witness the inauguration of t...
EFCC May Place Bounty On Wanted Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina
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EFCC May Place Bounty On Wanted Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina

As the ex-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, continues to evade arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is considering placing a bounty on him. A senior EFCC official disclosed this on Tuesday. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said no figure had been decided but added that attaching a reward to his arrest might be the best option as the same approach had made the whistle-blower policy successful. He said, “We are seriously considering that (placing a bounty on Maina). We have not yet decided on how much but we may resort to that if he continues to evade arrest.” Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that the leaked memo from the office of the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has fur...
Senate Vows To Expose More Corrupt Nigerians
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Senate Vows To Expose More Corrupt Nigerians

The Senate Tuesday vowed to expose more corrupt Nigerians following the sack of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal, and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General, Ayo Oke. The declaration followed personal explanation by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah. Na’Allah who represents Kebbi South drew the attention of the Senate to the termination of the appointments of Lawal and Oke by President Muhammadu Buhari. He reminded his colleagues that the issues that led to the sack of Lawal emanated from the Senate when the upper chamber, after investigation, returned a verdict of guilt on the former SGF. Na’Allah also said that the issues that resulted in the sack of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on ...
Powerful Nigerians Shielding Abdulrasheed Maina From Justice – Ibrahim Magu
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Powerful Nigerians Shielding Abdulrasheed Maina From Justice – Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that some powerful Nigerians are protecting former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), AbdulRasheed Maina, from being prosecuted. Magu said this while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a daily televesion programme on Channels television. The EFCC boss did not, however, disclose the identity of the persons allegedly protecting Maina but absolved the agency of any blame in connection to Maina’s initial escape from the country. Recall that Maina fled the country in 2013 after the EFCC declared him wanted over alleged pension fraud to the tune of $2 billion. He however returned to the country and was reinstated as a director in the Ministry of Interior. President Muhammadu Buhari or...
Why Dambazau Was Absent At FEC meeting‎ – Presidency
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Why Dambazau Was Absent At FEC meeting‎ – Presidency

The presidency has explained why the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, was absent at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Thursday . It said the minister was in Saudi Arabia. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this to journalists. Dambazzau is one of the top government officials who have been in the eye of the storm, over the reinstatement and deployment of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who were also mentioned in the case, were however present in the cabinet meeting yesterday. The meeting which was held at the ...
Leave Abdulrasheed Maina Out Of 2019 Borno Governorship Politics – Family
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Leave Abdulrasheed Maina Out Of 2019 Borno Governorship Politics – Family

The family of Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled former boss of Presidential TaskForce on Pension Fund on Thursday warned that their son should be allowed to concentrate on the job of recovering stolen funds for the Federal Government and not dragged into 2019 politics. The family was reacting to speculations that Maina was planning to contest for the governorship of Borno State in the 2019 general elections. “It has become imperative to also warn politicians and their cronies who may want to use the opportunity to distract Maina to desist from doing so as the family would seek redress where applicable. We have taken his ordeal as an act of God and any attempt to drag his name in the mud for personal reasons, or to settle political scores with people will totally be rejected and confr...
I’m Ready To Appear Before Senate On Abdulrasheed Maina’s Reinstatement – Abubakar Malami
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I’m Ready To Appear Before Senate On Abdulrasheed Maina’s Reinstatement – Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said he is prepared to appear before the Senate with respect to the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the reinstatement of the former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Malami said this in a telephone conversation on Thursday. He said, “I am prepared to appear before the Senate. The Senate hearing was supposed to be held on Wednesday, but it was rescheduled to a yet-to-be announced date. “I am waiting for a fresh invitation by the Senate.” When asked about his roles in Maina’s reinstatement, Malami said, “I will like to speak to Nigerians directly during the Senate ...
Abdulrasheed Maina Is A Messiah, Not A Fraudster – Family
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Abdulrasheed Maina Is A Messiah, Not A Fraudster – Family

The family of fugitive ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Wednesday rose to his defence, saying he is not a fraudster but a messiah engaged by government to cleanse the Nigerian Pension Scheme. Addressing journalists in Kaduna, the spokesperson of the family, Aliyu Maina, said the controversy surrounding the fugitive is the handiwork of ‘cabals’ bent on tarnishing the image of the family. He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration facilitated the return of Mr. Maina to Nigeria so as to assist in its change agenda. He insisted that the ‘cabals’ were merely out to tarnish the image of Mr. Maina in the media and that the family was in possession of facts that would expose the motive of the “cabals”. “You must have notic...
Ex-President Jonathan’s Loyalists Responsible For Maina’s Restatement – Presidency
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Ex-President Jonathan’s Loyalists Responsible For Maina’s Restatement – Presidency

The Presidency on Wednesday said some influential government officials loyal to the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan were responsible for the reinstatement of the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, into the service. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement made available to journalists. Shehu was reacting to a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party on the matter. He said the PDP had no moral right to level any accusations against the current government in respect to Maina. “Some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Maina...
President Buhari followed Due Process In Sacking Abdulrasheed Maina – Presidency
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President Buhari followed Due Process In Sacking Abdulrasheed Maina – Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari followed due process in ordering the immediate disengagement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, from service. The justification is coming after Nigerians questioned the legality of the president’s action. Quoting Public Service Rules and Section 11 (1)(b)of the Interpretation Act, Cap I 23, Vol.8, LFN, 2004,), Jiti Ogunye, a lawyer, said “it is the Federal Civil Service Commission or the Permanent Secretary or Heads of Extra Ministerial Department as the case may be (to whom disciplinary powers are delegated) that have the statutory power to mete disciplinary actions, including dismissal (or sack ) to civil servants.” He said the president lacks the power to ”sack o...
Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina Got N22m Salary Arrears – PDP
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Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina Got N22m Salary Arrears – PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said it was not surprised by the Federal Government’s controversial decision to reinstate Abdulrasheed Maina. The party also alleged that Maina had been paid N22m salary arrears by the Federal Government The PDP said the decision was a confirmation of the classical novel by a British author, Jeffery Archer, titled, Honour among thieves, where he postulated that criminals do not compromise the actions of other criminals”. The former ruling party warned that corruption would soon consume the country. PDP’s position was contained in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, in Abuja on Monday. According to him, Nigerians had expected Maina to be arrested not reinstated. He said, “It is in the light of this that the P...
EFCC Seals Abdulrasheed Maina’s N719 Million Abuja Mansion
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EFCC Seals Abdulrasheed Maina’s N719 Million Abuja Mansion

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday sealed-off a palatial mansion owned by the embattled former chairman of now defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina. The property, located at No. 10 Amisi Musa Street within the Jabi Lake area, had “EFCC keep off” inscriptions on the extended fence, as at the time Dambazau visited. The EFCC is investigating Maina over alleged mismanagement of N2 billion pension funds. The whopping sum was alleged to have been misapplied through fraudulent biometric contracts in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. “Our findings confirmed that he paid $2 million for the house in cash in one day when he was the chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team. “Investigatio...
President Buhari Queries HoS Winifred Oyo-Ita Over Abdulrasheed Maina’s Recall
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President Buhari Queries HoS Winifred Oyo-Ita Over Abdulrasheed Maina’s Recall

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms. Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, said the President’s directive was contained in a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita. Adesina stated that the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior. According to the presidential aide, the report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today. The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman D...
President Buhari Orders Immediate Sack Of Abdulrasheed Maina
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President Buhari Orders Immediate Sack Of Abdulrasheed Maina

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms. The sack of Maina was announced in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the President on Monday. Adesina added that in a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the President also equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior. The report, he said, is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, October 23, 2017.
President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight Is Like Satan Calling Judas Iscariot A Sinner – Governor Fayose
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President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight Is Like Satan Calling Judas Iscariot A Sinner – Governor Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, has likened President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight to “satan calling Judas Iscariot a sinner”. Fayose said this in reaction to the reported posting of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, to the ministry of interior. Maina was said to have fled the country in 2015 after being indicted for alleged diversion of N2 billion public fund. On Monday, Fayose said Maina’s case is a confirmation of his earlier claim that Buhari was after his political opponents in the guise of fighting corruption. “Someone accused of stealing billions of pension fund was returned to the FG civil service, and you still think Buhari is fighting corruption?” he wrote. “Didn’t I tell Nigerians that Buhari wa...
Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina Still On Our Wanted List – EFCC
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Ex-Pension Chief Abdulrasheed Maina Still On Our Wanted List – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday, declared that despite report claiming that the former chairman, Presidential Taskforce Team on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, has been secretly reinstated into the Federal civil service, he is still a wanted person. Report by an online medium claimed that Maina, who was declared wanted by EFCC in 2015 for alleged fraud in the pension sector worth N195 billion, has been reinstated and promoted to the rank of Director, Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior. The report further claimed that Maina’s reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service might have been facilitated by the Minister of Interior and his Justice counterpart, Abdulrahman Dambazau and Abubakar Malami (SAN) respectively. Speaking on the deve...