EFCC To Arraign Maina On Friday

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will arraign Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), on Friday.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

Uwujaren said Maina will be arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud”.

He said the former pension task team chairman would be taken before Okon Abang, a judge of a federal high court in Abuja.

“Also to be arraigned on the same day, in the same court on a separate but similar charge is his son, Faisal,” the EFCC spokesman said.

The development is coming after Folashade Ogunbanjo, a judge, ordered the forfeiture of 23 properties linked to Maina.

The judge gave the order following an ex parte motion filed by the anti-graft agency.

EFCC’s motion was supported by a 30-paragraph affidavit which it brought pursuant to section 17 of anti-money laundering act.

Maina is accused of being involved in pension fraud running into over N100 billion.

The federal civil service commission dismissed him in 2013 for “absconding from duty” but he returned to the country in 2017 and was reinstated as a director in the interior ministry.

Following outrage, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his dismissal and demanded a probe of his recall.

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