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Buhari’s integrity exposed again! Fed Govt forgives Maina for ‘N2bn pension scam’


Fresh facts have again exposed the fake integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war in the alleged N2billion pension scam involving the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina, who has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Interpol since November of 2015, said he has been coming in and out of Nigeria freely.

The EFCC’s service regulation does not permit anyone on the watch list to travel out of the country or come in. This suggests that Maina’s name has been removed from from the Federal Government’s watch list by security agencies at the nation’s international airports.

According to a report by The Punch, the former PRTT chairman is being protected from arrest by top officials in the Presidency and the Ministry of Justice.

In 2013, Maina was PTTPR Chairman when he was accused of theft to the tune of N2B in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

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He was subsequently dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

According to the allegation lodged by the Senate at the time, Maina had defrauded civil servants of their pensions and had diverted pension funds totalling N2B into his personal bank accounts.

Soon after the Senate issued an arrest warrant for Maina, the man allegedly fled to Saudi Arabia to evade law enforcement back home.

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In July of 2015, the EFCC charged Maina alongside a former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton B Global Services Limited before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.

In November of 2015, EFCC declared Maina a wanted man and launched a manhunt for him. According to multiple reports, Maina often sneaked back into Nigeria between 2013 and 2015 and was often on the run.

The EFCC said Maina had remained at large. He also shunned court summons as the EFCC and police officers scoured the planet for him.
In June of 2016, Maina announced that he had been cleared by the Senate of alleged N195B theft.

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Maina said the Senate had discovered that the ‘missing’ N195B is in the government’s coffers. He also asked for an apology from the nation and from the national assembly.

“I was singled out and I suffered so much as a result of the false allegation,” Maina said.

He added that; “it is really sad that the same man ( chairman of the Senate committee), who told the whole world that I stole N195B has come out to say that the money is intact in Buhari’s TSA account in the CBN. He must pay for destroying my character, integrity and the loss of my job. I was being haunted all around, and people who had confidence in me thought otherwise of me”.

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Maina decried that he had been “maligned, shot at, psychologically traumatized, denied my due entitlement, hounded for serving my country diligently. If this is the reward for serving one’s country, I fear for Nigeria because it would be hard for people to serve this country”.


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