The House of Representatives has ordered the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to arrest and prosecute the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
The decision of the Representatives was contained in a letter, dated November 7, to Magu, through the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. M. A. Sani-Omolori, in line with the House’s resolution of October 24.
In the letter, the House urged the anti-graft agency to “immediately arrest the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, for prosecution in order to serve as deterrent to others who might have corrupt tendencies.
It stated that the House of Representatives has already constituted an Ad-Hoc Committee, charged with the responsibility of investigating the circumstances surrounding the re-surfacing, re-absorbing and subsequent elevation of Maina from the rank of Assistant Director (the position he held before he was removed in 2013, to the position of an Acting Director), and to recommend strong sanctions against any person or persons who are implicated in the scandal.
THEWILL recalls that the order, which is contained in its resolution of October 24, 2017, followed a motion of urgent national importance moved by Jagaba Adams Jagaba.
It was based on the discovery that Maina had secretly been recalled to his former post in the Ministry of Interior after he had ignored the National Assembly and the EFCC and escaped from the country to the United Arab Emirate to evade prosecution for economic crime.