- Abdulrasheed Maina said he is ready to testify as a witness against 43 pension thieves he arrested while in office
- Maina declared that he is not afraid of the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
- The former pension boss said EFCC must also be ready to account for the asset worth N1.63 trillion he allegedly recovered
The embattled former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina told the Economic Financial Crime Commission that he was ready to testify as a state witness against the 43 pension thieves he arrested while in office.
Maina who is currently on the wanted list of the EFCC on Tuesday, November 21, made the statement through his lawyer, Barrister Sani Katu.
Pulse reports that he would appear before the anti-graft agency only if it is ready to account for the recovered cash and asset worth N1.63 trillion he allegedly recovered while he was the pension boss.
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Barrister Katu said his client is ready to appear before the EFCC on the condition that the agency would resume the prosecution of the suspects he had handed to them many years back.
He also said the government should know that he is not on the run but the fear for his life is what has made him go into hiding as some elements within the EFCC feel threatened by the evidence and documents in his possession that could send them to jail.
The statement read: ''He (Maina) is never afraid of the EFCC or any anti-graft agency. In fact, he is ready to testify as a state witness against the 43 pension thieves he arrested provided the EFCC is ready to account for why they failed to secure convictions of these suspects since 2011.
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''The government and Nigerians ought to start asking these questions. We have all the facts and documents ready to back up our testimony and will readily present it to the appropriate independent panel of inquiry as soon as we are ready to confront the real corrupt elements.''
The lawyer who insisted that client is not guilty of any crime as being bandied in the media said: ''We want to still reiterate our earlier affirmation that under the leadership of Maina as the pension board Chairman, 43 persons were arrested and handed over to the EFCC to prosecute while 222 houses were seized from them.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Maina accused Femi Falana of buying an Abuja mansion from him.
The former pension boss through his lawyer, Katu alleged that Falana was against his client and calling for his arrest because he didn’t want to be exposed.
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