- The Nigerien government alerted Nigeria to money stashed in a house in Niamey
- The house reportedly used to belong to Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.
- The EFCC has reportedly made move to confiscate assets belonging to Maina
Niger Republic had reportedly alerted the Federal Government of Nigeria to the discovery of $1.7 million cash found in an apartment in its capital Niamey.
The money which is about N610.3 million was found in an apartment linked to Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.
Maina who is currently in the detention of the Department of Security Services (DSS) is linked to the money which it is believed he stole as part of the N24 billion he reportedly mismanaged while in office.
It was reported that security agencies are also on the trail of Sadiq Abdullahi Ismaila, a Nephew to Maina who was almost beaten to death over missing money.
Following the Nigerien government’s message to Nigeria, the federal government directed the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to investigate.
A source privy to the development said: “The $1.7m was stashed in an apartment in Niger Republic which was being occupied by a Nigerian.
“So far, a trail of the cash by security agencies has linked Maina to the cash because the apartment was alleged to be his hideout.
“Detectives are working round the clock to uncover where the suspected pension cash was sourced and how it was ferried to Niger Republic.
“One of the clues being probed was the allegation that Faisal Maina (the son of the ex-pension reform task force chairman) moved the cash from Nigeria to the Republic of Niger.”
“Investigators have also discovered that Maina allegedly influenced the arrest and torture of one of his nephews, Sadiq Abdullahi Ismaila over a missing $1.7m.
“Sadiq, who later released a video clip on his ordeal, asked Maina to turn his searchlight on his son, Faisal and wife.”
It was reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also traced additional 29 assets in the country to Maina while also locating some foreign assets in the United Arab Emirates and other jurisdictions.
The anti-graft commission has filed an application before a High Court to place all the 29 assets under forfeiture.
The EFCC also wants to invoke Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to seize Maina’s properties in the UAE and other countries.
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari, granted a request by the EFCC to keep 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.
Legit.ng gathers that the court gave the order on October 7, 2019, following an exparte application by the anti-graft agency.
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