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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

N2bn fraud: Maina flees as EFCC seals Abuja properties




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has sealed all the properties belonging to embattled ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina, who has been accused of complicity in N2bn fraud, has reportedly gone into hiding. The civil servant was declared wanted by the EFCC in November 2015 for alleged fraud.

However, Maina surprisingly resurfaced this month as an acting director in the Ministry of Interior, a development that triggered a nationwide uproar, forcing president Buhari to order for his immediate disengagement from service.

The EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, while speaking on the issue on Monday, said the commission was still on his trail.

He, however, stated that the commission had marked his houses in Abuja, including a house in Jabi said to be worth about $2m.

N2bn fraud: Maina flees as EFCC seals Abuja properties

Uwujaren told Punch, “Yes, his properties were marked today. To the best of my knowledge, he has not yet been arrested.”

Another source within the anti-graft agency was quoted as saying that Maina was moving around town in a bulletproof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle and other expensive vehicles.

The source said, “We have traced him to a hotel in Kaduna where he went to spend the weekend; we know that the DSS is protecting him and the DG DSS, deployed men to protect him. But make no mistake, we will arrest him, already we’ve frozen all his accounts.”

“He stays in a property which is a DSS safe house. He moves around in a convoy of about two or three vehicles. I personally saw him alighting from a Range Rover SUV last week with about four DSS officials.”



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