- The former chairman of the Pension Task Reform Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- The Department of State Services (DSS) handed over Maina to the anti-graft agency for interrogation
- Maina, who was arrested in Abuja on Monday, September 30, will soon be arraigned in court
The Department of State Services (DSS) has handed over the former chairman of the Pension Task Reform Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Maina, who was arrested in Abuja on Monday, September 30, was interrogated over alleged N2 billion biometrics contract, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that a source at the EFCC who spoke in confidence said that Maina would soon be arraigned in court because, adding that charges have already been preferred against him.
The source said: “Maina, who we had earlier declared wanted, was brought to EFCC by the DSS a few hours ago. The security agency handed him over after the completion of its profiling on him.
“You know Maina has been hiding in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and some neighbouring countries and there is need to de-brief him on certain security challenges associated with him."
According to the source, Maina was asked how he always succeeded in sneaking in and out of the country and his connection with a safe house in Abuja.
The source said: “But as soon as he was handed over to the EFCC, detectives isolated issues for him on the N2 billion biometrics contract. He was also asked to make statement on the funding of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team.
“He has also been asked to explain how he came about choice assets in Abuja and Kaduna."
The EFCC source said investigation might also be extended to Maina's activities as a former director in Customs, Immigration and Prisons Office (CIPPO), which he superintended with huge cash flow.
The source said: “He will soon be arraigned in court because we have already preferred charges against him.
“As far back as July 21, 2015, Maina was arraigned at a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge with a former head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Steve Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited.
“He is expected to face trial for charges bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.
“What detectives are doing now is to obtain a statement from him on some findings about him before the court proceedings.”
Legit.ng previously reported that Abdulrasheed Maina who served as chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services.
The Nation reports that Maina was picked up at a hotel in Abuja on Monday, September 30 after he sneaked back into the country from Dubai, UAE.
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