By Adenike Lucas
The Kaduna State High Court today adjourned the hearing of a suit filed by the embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina to December 15.
Mr Maina wants to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC from arresting or prosecuting him over alleged corruption.
The embattled ex-PRTT boss, who is also challenging the EFCC, to conduct an open investigation against him, argued that the anti-graft agency did not have the power to declare him wanted.
But, the EFCC in a counter affidavit opposing the motion, asked Justice Tukur Aliyu for an adjournment to enable them study the issues raised by the respondent and reply accordingly.
Mr Maina claims that in 2011, he “stopped the stealing of N300m daily from police pension.”
Also, in 2011, he states in a statement released by his lawyer, Sani Katu that he “stopped the stealing of N1.04bn monthly from police pension allocations
“Same 2011, he was able to stop the yearly stealing of N52.5bn, which has been an annual ritual at the head of service pension.”
The Government decided to obey a Court order and bring Mr Maina back to office in September. But, the EFCC claimed it had Mr Maina on its wanted list of the EFCC, so it was not aware the former pension’s boss had returned to the country.
Mr Magu failed to inform other government agencies such as the Department of State Services and Immigration of Mr Maina’s status, hence the fugitive was able to sneak back into the country, even before his redeployment to the Ministry of Interior.
In a twist of plot, Mr Maina has urged the Government to “appoint an independent panel of investigation and see who will run out of Nigeria.”
An online newspaper did an exclusive piece on the redeployment of Mr Maina to office. EFCC staffers have accused their boss of being behind the leak leak.
In a petition published by DENISAURUS News, the petitioner said: “it is a common knowledge within the Commission that our Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu paid one of his agents in Premium times Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N3.5) to break the Abdulrasheed Maina’s story on the online news platform, however haphazard.”
In the past, the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency was also accused of leaking confidential information which lead to the suspension of Nigeria from the Egmont group of Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU.