Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
A former operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC will testify to lawmakers investigating the Pension scam if permitted, DENISAURUS News can reveal.
A Senate ad-hoc committee is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is accused of grand scale embezzlement while in office.
The embattled ex-PRTT boss has denied the allegations and claims to have saved the country “N300 daily from police pension,” in 2011.
In a statement released by his lawyer, he said: “In 2011, he stopped the stealing of N1.04bn monthly from police pension allocations.
“Since 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 had no choice but to obey a Court order and bring Mr Maina back to office. But, EFCC’s Ibrahim Mustafa Magu says that Mr Maina was on the wanted list of the agency, and he was not aware the former pension’s boss had returned to the country.
It has since emerged that the EFCC acting chairman, 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.
A staff, who was at the commission since 2008, before he said he was framed by “corrupt” Ibrahim Lamorde and DCP Mohammed Wakili in 2013, is now offering to provide lawmakers with crucial information into how Mr Maina shared money recovered from the Police Pension with some investigator at the anti-graft commission.
“Ibrahim Lamorde, being the then Chairman had received hundreds of millions from the Pension team and from the Mr Maina Chairman of Presidential Reform Taskforce Team, PRTT at different times, the staff said.
During an exclusive telephone interview with DENISAURUS News, Abdul who has given evidence to the Senate before stated that: “Wakili collected hundreds of millions and a Mercedes Benz jeep from some pension suspects such as Sani Tedi Shuaibu and Phina Ukamaka Chidi.
“He also received a house from another pension Suspect John Yakubu Yusuf a former Permanent Secretary from the Police Pension. The house which DCP Mohammed Wakili collected is situated in Dutse Jigawa.”
The pioneer staff explained that “Mr John Yakubu was the Pension suspect whom two billion Naira was recovered in his bathroom as claimed by the investigators but it was alleged that the money recovered was over ten billion Naira.
“John Yakubu Yusuf was the suspect who was given soft landing conviction by a High Court judge where he was asked to pay only less than a million Naira as fined. The said judgement led to the suspension of the presiding Judge.”
Abdul’s allegations collaborates recent claim made against Mr Magu’s EFCC which was accused of sharing 53 houses seized by John Yusuf and others.
Abdul (pictured), who accused DCP Wakili of relating with Mr Shuaibu in an unprofessional manner, was in the past invited to give evidence to members of the 7th Senate.
He says that corrupt leaders at the EFCC lied to the Senate that he was travelling to the United States for work, but he never went anywhere.
He is now appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders of the 8th Senate to “call on him to speak and for them to stretch their investigation into the role played by the EFCC in investigating Pension case by Mohammed Wakili, Ibrahim Lamorde and Habibu Aliyu between 2010 to 2012.”