The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency has apprehended the former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Eye9ja understands that Maina was arrested in an Abuja based hotel.
This online news platform gathered that the former pension boss upon sighting the DSS operatives attempted to escape but was however apprehended by the operatives.
Recall that Maina was on July 21, 2015, charged before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.
The Nigeria’s anti-graft agency had also in 2017, declared Maina wanted, following his refusal to honour the commission’s invitations.
Then the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja stopped the EFCC from declaring Maina wanted.
In a judgment delivered in February, Justice Guwa Ogunbanjo described the action of the anti-graft agency to declare Maina wanted as unlawful.
Maina had also in a similar vein, filed a suit on September 5, 2018, where he prayed the court to determine whether the EFCC can lawfully exercise powers of declaring him as “wanted” on its official website or any other media platform, or by harassing him.
Maina, was reportedly arrested at a hotel in Abuja after he arrived the country from his Dubai, United Arab Emirates base.
While speaking with The Nation, a source who pleaded anonymity was quoted to have guessed that the DSS might hand him over to the EFCC for trial over a questionable N2billion biometrics contract.
“Following inter-agency collaboration, intelligence report indicated that Maina had sneaked into the country from Dubai.
“He was trailed to an Abuja hotel where he was arrested after operatives outwitted those who tried to ferry him away in a bullet-proof vehicle.
“He is currently being quizzed. He is likely to be handed over to the EFCC for trial. He has a pending case since 2015,” the source said.