Why EFCC must pick up ex-pension boss, Maina, now—Prof Sagay

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), at the weekend requested the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), to urgently go after the wanted ex-chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, and arrest him for comprehensive investigation and prosecution.

Sagay (SAN) wonders why the man is still walking free days after the news filtered that he had not only come back to Nigeria but had been re-absorbed into the Federal Civil Service and promoted.

It would be recalled that Maina was dismissed in 2013 by the Federal Civil Service Commission, following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

He was accused of involvement in massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100billion.

It emerged recently that Maina has returned to Nigeria, now works with the government and has been promoted.

“This man was accused of embezzling billions of naira meant for pensioners who had spent all their lives serving this country. One man took the money they should rely on in their declining years, subjecting them to misery and hopelessness.

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“This is a moral and criminal issue. So, to hear that the man is in the country and somebody employed him means he is not the only criminal in the system. It means there is an accessory.

“Whoever was involved in employing him and then giving him promotion is an accessory after the fact to the crimes committed by this man if it is established that he is culpable. I don’t see why he escaped if he was not guilty.

“The EFCC should not just say they are aware; they should take action. The EFCC should now arrest him, interrogate him and if they can establish a case, prosecute him. They should also investigate all those involved in the reabsorbing and promotion of this man.

“If it established that they brought him back into the civil service despite knowledge of the man’s alleged crimes, they are also accessories after the fact and should also be arrested and prosecuted,” Sagay said.