We will arrest Maina when we see him, Nigeria Police pledges

The police spokesperson said the police would execute the Warrant of Arrest by the Senate.

The police have said that they would arrest Abdulrasheed Maina, the Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force Team, based on the Warrant of Arrest issued by the Senate.

The Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, gave this assurance when he spoke with journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

“We are irrevocably committed to arresting Maina as soon as we lay our hands on him. We will arrest and take him before the Senate.

“He was declared wanted by the police because he went into hiding and that made it difficult for the police to execute the warrant of arrest that was legitimately issued against him,” Mr. Mba said.

On the allegation that Mr. Maina was being guarded by the police, the spokesperson said “he has no police officer in his entourage to the best of my knowledge.”

“Even in the press release that we gave, we did say that any citizen who has any information that could help us in finding and executing that order should please pass the information to the appropriate authorities.

“If anyone has the information on how we can get him, we will be pleased to have it,” he said.

Mr. Mba said the police will not allow themselves to be pulled into unnecessary controversy.

“The only thing is that the Senate has issued a warrant of arrest on Maina and that is where we come in,” he said.

The Senate, on December 13, 2012, issued a Warrant of Arrest against Mr. Maina. The warrant mandated the Inspector-General of Police to arrest and produce Mr. Maina before the Senate Joint Committee on the Investigation of Pension Funds.

The police, on February 1, declared Mr. Maina wanted, saying that he had since gone into hiding, making it difficult for them to execute the warrant.

Mr. Maina is an Assistant Director of Works in the Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pension Office.

Mr. Mba’s statement also follows a resolution by the Senate on Wednesday asking President Goodluck Jonathan to sack Mr. Maina without any entitlements. The Senate said it would go tough on the Executive if Mr. Maina, accused of corruption by lawmakers, is not sacked.

Lawmakers also summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to respond to questions on why the pension boss has not been arrested.

Other police duties

Meanwhile, Mr. Abubakar, on Thursday inaugurated a multi-purpose Transit Camp and Insurance Auditorium at the Police Headquarters, Abuja.

He said the one-storey building was designed and constructed by the `C’ Department (Works) of the Police at less than N60 million.

“This is a demonstration of the fact that if we are given the opportunity and money, we can manage our affairs. We can be the master of ourselves if we have all what it takes. This structure can stand the test of time,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar said he had directed the decentralisation of the payment of insurance and other benefits to retiring and deceased officers’ next of kin to relieve them of the burden of coming to the headquarters.

 

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