Senate panel probing Maina’s recall in ‘dramatic turnaround’

Abdulrashid Maina
Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina

The complexion of the Senate probe into the controversial reinstatement of fugitive ex-pension reform task force boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the federal civil service appeared to have changed dramatically.

The Senate committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the reinstatement reported on Thursday that the task force headed by Mr. Maina recovered about 222 houses and investments from pension suspects in Abuja and other major cities across the country, and asked for more time to complete its probe.

The chairman of the committee, Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Delta), said the committee was unable to tender a report due to complexities involved in the issue and fresh revelations which emanated in the course of the investigation.

Mr. Paulker said the committee discovered some issues which are beyond its mandate and thus, requires the leave of the Senate to cover them.

“During the investigation, certain issues arose that this mandate of the senate did not cover. Mr. President, suffice it to note that it was revealed during the investigation that some estate properties were recovered during the Maina investigation into pension fraud.

“And since this mandate did not cover that aspect of resolution, I want to come under order 42 and 52 so that the standing committee can now come up with a motion that Senate can now empower them to expand her mandate to cover this.”

Mr. Paulker said the presidential task force headed by Mr. Maina recovered about 222 houses and investments from pension suspects in Abuja and other major cities across the country.

“The reform Maina led recovered assets from pension looters working with the EFCC, ICPC, DSS, police and paramilitary agency staff and then EFCC took charge of the recovered assets,” he said.

“The total recovered assets seized from allegedly pension thieves were reported to have been allegedly shared by some interest groups. The committee equally received a petition in respect of the recovered properties by the task force.”

The Senate empowered the committee to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the properties recovered by the defunct pension task force and report in four weeks.

The Senate also mandated the committee to report its findings on circumstances surrounding his reinstatement and promotion in two weeks.


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  • Sam

    Any opportunity to seek for bribes ,this guys won’t waste.

  • emmanuel

    Maina’s spirit is catching up with them now. They want to shop their share of the sleaze too.
    If they had a brief, what they need do is submit the first report which was recall of Maina, then move a fresh motion in the floor to undertake a probe of recovered pension loot and properties, which include about one hundred properties also seized from Miana.
    I propose that the EFCC should not be headed by these Northern elements any more, because they are more corrupt than those they hound or prosecute. Most recovered loot and properties have been re-stolen by the heads and operatives of the agency.
    No wonder the DSS is resisting them in recent time.

    • duwdu

      @emmanuel;

      I very much like the following quote from the first part of your post; it’s really brilliant, and I totally agree with it, when you wrote:

      “If they had a brief, what they need do is submit the first report which
      was recall of Maina, then move a fresh motion in the floor to undertake a
      probe of recovered pension loot and properties, which include about one
      hundred properties also seized from Miana.”

      But then, you went bunkers, and displayed your shallowness when you claimed in the rest of the post, that people from one part/tribe/race of the country are more corrupt than the others. What immaturity! For God’s sake, even small children should realize by now that, when it comes to corruption, those perpetrating the evil do not do it on the basis of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religion. They’re equally damaging from all parts of the country, as has been repeatedly shown by revelation and convictions over many years.

      Please stop writing divisive and patently false statements; it won’t help with anything.

      ……..
      P34c3
      …..

      • Musa M. Dantsoho

        Don’t be surprise at the divisive and false statements by the fellow. After all, it is the trademark in forum. Many a times the discussions go beyond just divisive and false statements to foul language and insulting remarks.

  • wode

    Tangled web of corruption in Nigeria. Where was the government when all these scandal was taking place. There was practically none! I now see the reason why the president has to hurriedly set up committee to audit the recovered loots lest some people have it “relooted” again. What a country!

    • Gracias

      Maina was operating in the regime of the clueless JEG

  • Timothy

    Like I said earlier there is more to this than we know….if the Senate committee can be transparent and have their proceedings videoed and lets all have a share of testomonies we would certainly go to sleep knowing these senators are for the people and protect the interests of all Nigerians but from day one this man Maina has been labelled a thief and now we see he recovered a lot during his time at the task force…whatever he is being accused of stealing is now being brushed aside to open up what happened to all those things he recovered….was the EFCC involved? Particularly was Magu involved? Was the previous and present IG of police involved? these are pertinent questions that are begging for answers

  • raji

    This is becoming so interesting. 222 properties recovered from the pension criminals

  • Arabakpura

    The senate has begun to behave like one!

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    Very few in the Senate would be interested in the recovery of properties now. The implication is very clear. Who could rule out possibility of some Senators beneficiaries of the recovered properties?