Maina’s family confirm PREMIUM TIMES report, say SSS provide him security

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Former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. [Photo credit: juliana taiwo - WordPress.com]

The family of the embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Wednesday confirmed that the State Security Service, SSS, helped the fugitive into the country and provided security for him.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the SSS led by Lawal Daura aided his return to the country and also provided a safe house for him.

Mr. Maina was declared wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, in 2015 for his involvement in an alleged N2 billion pension scandal. Despite being on the run since then, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported how he was sneaked into the country, recalled into the civil service in the interior ministry from where he was sacked in 2013, and then promoted.

Since PREMIUM TIMES broke the news of his recall last Friday, Mr. Maina has gone back into hiding. Although his recall has been rescinded by President Muhammadu Buhari, the president is yet to act on a report by the Head of Service on how the fugitive was recalled into the civil service.

The role of the SSS in bringing back Mr. Maina was confirmed by a representative of his family, Aliyu Maina, who told journalists on Wednesday that the fugitive was working with the SSS, also known as DSS.

“Abdulrasheed was in fact invited by this administration and he was promised security to come and clean up the mess and generate more revenue to government by blocking leakages,” the family representative was quoted as saying in Kaduna by Daily Trust newspaper.

“He succumbed to the present administration and came back to Nigeria. He has been working with the DSS for quite some time and he was given necessary security.”

The SSS is yet to speak on the scandal and has no spokesperson to be contacted.

However, investigations by PREMIUM TIMES showed that Mr. Maina’s relationship with the SSS dates beyond the leadership of Mr. Daura and the Buhari administration. Between 2011 and 2013 during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, the agency paid about N152 million into an account controlled by Mr. Maina.

Mr. Maina’s relationship with officials of the SSS during the Goodluck Jonathan administration may have been what President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, alluded to on Wednesday when he said some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal that saw the return of Mr. Maina to the public service, despite being on the EFCC’s wanted list.

Mr. Shehu, however, assured Nigerians that President Buhari was determined to get to the bottom of the matter of the impunity that led to Mr. Maina’s reinstatement.

“Everything will be uncovered in due course,” he said. “This just goes to show us the scale of corruption that this government is fighting. And, as we can all see, corruption keeps fighting back viciously.”

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan promptly responded to the presidency’s stance, distancing himself from Mr. Maina’s return and asking the Buhari administration to be courageous in admitting its failures in this scandal.


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  • Daniel

    Gangsters are ruling Nigeria.

    What a banana republic!

  • Arabakpura

    So, how did it become a matter of priority and public importance to the Minister of injustice who gave the advice for his recall? Because he has a running battle with the EFCC!

  • thusspokez

    “Abdulrasheed was in fact invited by this administration and he was promised security to come and clean up the mess and generate more revenue to government by blocking leakages,” the family representative was quoted as saying in Kaduna by Daily Trust newspaper.

    It is also unbelievable how stúpid Abdulrasheed is. He is a fugitive on the run. and irrespective of any assurance from anyone (not even from the EFCC looking for him), didn’t it occur to him that this might be a set-up, that is, the SSS tricking him to return to Nigeria to then hand him over to the EFCC? What a first-class mumu, fugitive Abdulrasheed is.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Maina’s relationship with officials of the SSS during the Goodluck Jonathan administration may have been what President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, alluded to on Wednesday when he said some influential officials loyal to the previous government may have been the invisible hand in the latest scandal

    The head of the SSS who helped sneak fugitive Maina back into Nigeria and gave him cover is Buhari’s appointee and from Buhari’s home town. So let’s not allow the amateur spokesperson, Garba Shehu to deflect from the main issue.

  • thusspokez

    The role of the SSS in bringing back Mr. Maina was confirmed by a representative of his family, Aliyu Maina, who told journalists on Wednesday that the fugitive was working with the SSS, also known as DSS.

    It is now clear for everyone to see how northerners run government departments.

    (1) They turn it into a family business.
    (2) Appoint relatives and grossly unqualified people to high positions.
    (3) They jettisoning due process.
    (4) They undermine the Nigerian constitution and laws.

    Clearly they (i.e., northern components of this and previous governments) have failed to show any maturity in their style of management and administration. Indeed their management style is not only primitive but chaotic and anarchic. Is it any wonder that Nigeria feels worst off and two step backward after every northern leadership, post Gowon administration? This is not how you run a local government, let a lone a state, and let alone a country?

    • Timothy

      Please dont jump to conclusion yet…there’s a reason we have seasons and not all rainy season all the year round. This is one man…there’s a reason the DSS took a notice at him and helped him….they could have helped other people with similar issues of corruption into the country for many other reasons but lets not conclude yet…its easy for us to just assume based on what we have read….but what if you were told now by Maina himself that he was being framed and he had proof and police and some EFCC top guns would not allow him show his head…what will you say?

      • thusspokez

        But do you UNDERSTAND that he is a fugitive on the run from Nigerian justice? How could and organisation in charge with enforcing the law help him to further break the law and by so doing, undermine the Nigerian law, the courts and the EFCC?

        • Timothy

          The same DSS provide him security into the country…yes I saw someone stating why should he trust the DSS if they were involved…some politicians can influence some members of the DSS but not all of them…likewise the police…believe it or not there are some in the force who wish things were done right but were never given the opportunity to do it….this man is on the run for his life because he was not given protection before in last administration and now he came back because someone promised him that protection…does it not make sense? If he felt insecure he wont come back…he was obviously convinced it was safe to return and given a better job…its now a matter of time for us to hear his own side of the story…without the media hype.

          • thusspokez

            …this man is on the run for his life because he was not given protection before in last administration and now he came back because someone promised him that protection…does it not make sense?

            Protection for what and from whom? For example, do Dasuki, and Metuh — both, facing embezzlement charges like Abdulrasheed Maina — have protections?

            ….he was obviously convinced it was safe to return and given a better job

            And this is a man charged with massive pension fraud and embezzlement and on the run?

          • nnanna umunagbu

            I would have believed your line of argument had the people who helped him return to Nigeria followed due process in clearing his name and then reinstated him. If they are genuine as you are claiming, the president should have been in the picture. May God give Nigerians good leaders and followers in Jesus name. Amen

          • Timothy

            I totally agree with you….sometimes certain things are not black and white as you may want them to be….please dont get me wrong am not vouching for him…am even hopeful that if the EFCC gets him more truth would come out….like I said earlier in my other comments…I heard the man in an audio conversation with the founder of Brekete Family radio where he stated his own side of the story…in it he claims the Head of Service never allocated money to his office…if they did then they should say so…that he never had access to money so how could he steal the money…he also said his office was made up of people from various agencies including the DSS, EFCC, Finance and ICPC…how then could he be singled out and none of these guys that worked with him knew nothing? How come all this while it was made as if he was signatory to account where pension funds were kept…when in fact its kept in the CBN under the authority of the Finance Minister which was Okonjo Iweala….how is it then he stole billions and no one else is involved and its just him? He claims he has documents and proof and even pictures of the car he was in when he was shot at….if this is true bros…would you not want to hear what he has to say? How come these media houses or newspaper dont want to hear him out and let him present it to them so the whole world would see if he is telling the truth or not. If what he said was what made some people in DSS to take him serious and have him brought back then I think he deserves fair hearing and if he is guilty lets crucify him….thats just my take.

      • FreeNigeria

        You mean only a thief that stole what was entrusted to him could fix the problem, that he couldn’t fix when he was given the chance.This is a country of more than 150M people, only a thief can do the job?

        • Timothy

          Please I rather appeal to your mature side to reason things well and not dwell only on what you read in the papers…this man was on the run…the last administration could not get him….this administration suddenly felt there was need to call him back and reinstate him and even give him a promotion…who in his right mind does that? Unless there’s a reason we are not seeing….one man can go mad but not all his family at the same time….in that vein there are those who smuggled him in…those who believed he was not mad or is not a thief as they want us to think…the helped him in and gave him protection and even a promotion….now the newpapers wants us to believe he is a thief…he stole…he is corrupt…but the newspaper are painting one image…I have heard an audio tape of this man saying he was shot at because he was going to expose some people in govt who were actually stealing pension money…these people are members of the senate and top Police officers.

          He claims the office he held that they said he stole was not run by him alone…there were people from other govt agencies how come he was singled out as only the one that stole? How come its believed he only had signatory to that account and could do whatever he liked with the account without approval from presidency or head of service or even the Minister of Finance? But they just branded him a thief simply because he put in place mechanism to expose the rut in the pension service……that is his claim…none of the newspapers we read today are capturing that…WHY?

          My take is this….its easy for us to jump to conclusion and assume what the newspapers say it is….I want to believe this man has a lot to say and we should give him a benefit of the doubt and lets hear his side…if he is guilty definitely he would pay. As it is he said he has evidences to show he is innocent but the powers that be would not allow him live to display what he has…what will you do if you were in his shoes?

          • FreeNigeria

            You mean he’s an innocent civil servant on PG 14 with these mansions in prime areas of Abuja and Kaduna? Timothy, are you sure your real name is not Maina?

          • Timothy

            Hahahahaha….if I was I would have furnished our dear readers hear of very useful information that would make their mouth drop…..and say WHAT?????…..Am not and am only reactiing to the audio conersation the man had with the founder of Brekete Family Radio where he was accussed and he answered the questions throw at him with much humility that Ahmed had to apologise for saying he stole money….now the man said he had proof to expose all those who ate pensions money…but these people are in govt….members of DSS…Police and even the Senate….he said he was shot at….he has pictures of the car he was in when it happened….now all he might be saying is to clear himself….but its worth listening to and hear him out.

            These newspapers will publish a story and let you believe what they publish without hearing the other side….same thing happened with Baru and Kachikwu until Baru came out to say what he had and then the issue shifted to Buhari and they it shifted to Osinbanjo and today both men (Kachikwu and Baru) are seen eating and laughing in public…while people are calling for the sack of Baru….or saying the president cornered the money…while the real story is simply case of subordination and not missing money…lets be fair and hear the man out.

          • FreeNigeria

            Ok, what’s the explanation for the ownership of the prime properties in Abuja and Kaduna

          • Timothy

            Name the prime properties and lets begin with that….lets name how many belong to him how long it took him to acquire it and when he got them…..lets start with how many are they…you start first

          • FreeNigeria

            lol, Tim, got work to do.

          • Timothy

            Ok man…lets leave it there then we shall revisit it when someone else shows us what he has.

          • Otile

            According to your theory people erroneously believe that the devil deceived Eve, but they should wait until they hear from the devil himself. People should not jump to conclusion.

          • Timothy

            Thats a bad analogy….the scriptures has nothing to do with it here….we are meant to believe everything in the scriptures no matter what…in this case it is different bros….I wont criticise the Bible. I rather use…..if a man sees his wife come out from a hotel…should he assume immediately that she went to have sex? And then throw her out without hearing her reason? Its maturity to listen even though your mind tells you otherwise because you have given yourself the courage to judge by facts and not assumptions.

            Take the NNPC saga….it was a case of subordination…reported to his principal that he was being kept in the dark while someone was doing deals he was not aware of….now the media made it seems money was missing and that Baru was acting alone…until Baru stated his side everyone wanted Baru sacked and EFCC should investigate him and all his transactions….Senate even set up a committee to probe the man….next thing you know people pointed fingers at Buhari…then news came that it was Osibanjo that signed off on the contracts and Osibanjo said he gave approvals for the funding and not the contracts… Just as if that is not enough we see Kachikwu and Baru drinking and laughing over everything….do you see where am going with this….so what was all that media hype about? So I have concluded not to jump first without looking…I will take a look, ask the necessary questions before I leap…these people are not saints that wrote the Bible my brother.

      • Otile

        Right on bro, there’s good reason the corrupt one was recalled on fantastic salary. Do you know that hell was created with good intentions? Imam is fantastically corrupt.

    • Someone

      yes, they are very nepotic and incompetent. they all want to be president.

      you can vote for elrufai or sanusi or wamau for president if you want. hahahahaha

  • Dayo

    This govt has failed in the fight against corruption, truth be said. The performance has been below expectation from the millions of Nigerians that voted. This is just a lame duck faulting everything on the past that we know while creating conducive environment for the ills. The President can not be everywhere but the bulk stops on his desk. He appointed all and has allowed them to carry on with impunity.

  • Dr.Alfred Branson

    How then the president says he knew nothing about his coming back? If Maina’s family can ask Nigerians not to accept any statement from the presidency as what they says are lies how can a family have such boldness to revoked a statement from the presidency if it not truth?

    • Timothy

      Dont believe everything you read online…some of them may be sponsored….I appeal to all Nigerians to be wary of a growing trend to cause confusion among its citizens….especially those within and outside the govt…some people are cooking up stories to blame others create dissatisfaction with the govt. It happened with NNPC with people pitching sides…now its happening again…

      • Gary

        But people should believe all the lies and dissembling that Lai and Aso Rock has been selling online to Nigerians since Buhari came into office.

        Tell the man to clean up his dysfunctional and warring kinsmen making a mess of his government and the country; rather than this pitiful whining that the people should disbelieve their own eyes.
        You are not helping him in any way, only Buhari can restore a modicum if credibility to his failing regime by getting rid of the corrupt and incompetent ethnic rascals he trusted with key positions in his regime.
        The choice is his: stick with his men or stand with the Nigerian people he has so far betrayed.

      • Otile

        Are you therefore saying that Alhaji Maina was not recalled to receive double promotion and continue with the corrupt practices he is known for? Then why has the Presidecy been paying him fantastic salaries since April when they recalled him? You cannot_fool all the people all the time.

  • Otile

    So this is the change Kay Soyemi(fake esq) and his tribesmen Dele Awogbeoba are proud of. The duo bragged that they are eternally proud of being part of Buhari chanji. Corrupt chanji indeed. Shame

  • DanJ

    Let us give Maina a chance to be heard.

    This thing may be deeper than we think.

  • Someone

    just damage control by garba shehu. is he saying malami works for pdp?