- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been given the go-ahead to detain the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, and his son, Faisal
- According to the court, the anti-graft agency can detain Maina and his son in its custody pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation
- The order was given by the court on Monday, October 7, following an exparte application by the anti-graft agency
The Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari, has granted a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to keep the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, and his son, Faisal, in its custody.
The court granted the anti-graft agency to detain the father and son in its custody pending the conclusion of ongoing investigation, This Day reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the court gave the order on October 7, 2019, following an exparte application by the anti-graft agency.
The order empowers the commission to remand the defendants in its custody for an initial period of 14 days.
The commission said in a statement.that the order is “subject to be reviewed if necessary”.
Legit.ng previously reported that court papers were filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize a number of properties traced to the former chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
A top source on Sunday, October 6, said that the EFCC had traced many houses worth hundreds of millions of naira at home and abroad to Maina.
A source at the anti-graft agency said that Maina could not have genuinely procured the properties no matter how long he would have worked in the civil service.
Apart from the houses, the EFCC also traced five companies to Maina, which the anti-graft agency said the suspects used for money laundering.
The EFCC has asked Maina to provide details of the money in the accounts of the five firms.
The source said: “The commission strongly believes that these properties which our operatives have traced in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions could have not have been genuinely procured by a civil servant like Maina no matter how long he would have worked in the service."
An EFCC official said: “We have therefore filed for the temporary forfeiture of the mansions traced to him, which we strongly believe are proceeds of economic and financial crimes."
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