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Court summons EFCC, Malami, CBN, ICPC, others over Maina-gate

A Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned several government office holders and individuals respecting the ongoing fraud case involving former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.

Those summoned include:

  1. former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu,
  2. Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN),
  3. human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), 
  4. Director of Compliance, Central Bank of Nigeria,
  5. an official of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Ibrahim Kaigama;
  6. an official of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, G.T Idris;
  7. former Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakil.
  8. another official of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Hassan Salihu, and,
  9. an official ofZenith Bank Plc., M. Mustapha.

The summon reads in part: “You are commanded in the name of the President and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend before this court… to give evidence on behalf of the 1st defendant (Maina).”

Maina, it could be recalled, was appointed in 2010 by former President Goodluck Jonathan to head the pension reform task force.

He is facing charges of massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion following which he was dismissed from Civil Service.

Abdulrasheed Maina's son, Faisal in court
Abdulrasheed Maina’s son, Faisal in court, October 25, 2019

He was charged alongside Stephen Oronsaye and two others before a Federal High Court on 24 counts of procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.

In another recent development, his son, Faisal,  who is facing charges jointly and independently, has jumped bail and fled to the United States.

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