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Maina declared wanted in Niger Republic over $1.7m stashed in house

Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, which is now facing a lawsuit in Nigeria for allegedly stealing pension funds, is also wanted in the neighboring Niger Republic after authorities discovered $1.7million cash in his house Niamey.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed it in its sworn statement to block the bail application for Maina due to health problems. Maina is under trial before Judge Okon Abang for 12 money laundering charges. His trial, together with his son, began on October 25th.

The EFCC claims in the affidavit that Maina could escape from Nigeria because she refused to present her American passport. It is said that Maina and his wife are US citizens and naturalized citizens of the United Arab Emirates..

According to a report published in The Nation, the EFCC insists that the accused person is healthy and there is nothing showing that his purported/”reported” ailment cannot be taken care of in Nigeria.

Although his trial was expected to begin in full force on Tuesday, Maina was absent with a report from Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, claiming that he had severe headache. On Thursday, he appeared in court on a wheelchair. The EFCC said it is opposed to bail for Maina who is standing trial for alleged N3billion fraud with Common Input Property and Investment Limited.

The affidavit was deposed to by one of the crack detectives of the EFCC, Mr. Mohammed U. Goji, against the backdrop of the battle for bail by Maina in the court. Among others, EFCC said: “That the defendant and his wife have established businesses in Dubai where they are residents since fleeing Nigeria. They also own the home they live in Dubai. While the 1st defendant/ applicant owns and runs a car rent business (called North Ridge), the wife runs a cleaning services business (spotless and flawless cleaning).

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The EFCC said it has uncovered desperate plans of Maina to take flight and leave the shores of Nigeria as soon as he is released on bail. The EFCC dismissed claims by Maina that he is unhealthy and would need treatment abroad.

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