We have no record Maina travelled outside Nigeria since 2013 – Immigration Chief

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

Any trip fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina has made outside Nigeria since September 2013 was illegally and clandestinely made, the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, said on Thursday.

The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mohammed Babandede, on Thursday said Mr. Maina, the embattled former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms, has not travelled out of the country since 2013, at least through the nation’s airports.

Speaking at an investigative hearing set up by the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on his controversial reinstatement and promotion, Mr. Babandede also said the pension scandal fugitive has the dual citizenship of Nigeria and the United States of America.

PREMIUM TIMES on October 20 broke the story of Mr. Maina’s controversial return to civil service after years of being on the run, sending shockwaves through the nation and placing the administration’s conduct under renewed public criticism and scrutiny.

Mr. Maina was dismissed from service in 2013 during the Goodluck Jonathan administration for absconding from office following allegations that he diverted billions in public funds for his own use when he headed the pension reform task force.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission subsequently moved to arrest and prosecute him; but Mr. Maina, who was fired as an assistant director, bolted from the law.

He was believed to have fled to Dubai, where he had remained until some officials of the Buhari administration allegedly facilitated his return under questionable circumstances this year.

While being questioned on Thursday, the Comptroller-General of Immigration explained that Mr. Maina did not leave Nigeria through any of its legal boundaries or airports since 2013.

“We have checked our records and we have not seen a single name of Maina pass through our airports since 2013 when he was blocked; so the record available to us shows that Maina has not been travelling.

“If he has been travelling, then it means he has not been travelling through an airport we can see. By law, if you pass through a border you are entitled to report to an immigration officer. So if Maina has been travelling from 2013 till date, we don’t know. If he has been passing through borders he has not reported to an immigration officer. As far as we are concerned, Maina has not been travelling since 2013,” Mr. Babandede said.

He also said Mr. Maina has three passports and a dual citizenship.

“We knew about Maina from 27 September 2013 when he was leaving the country and he was stopped at the Murtala Mohammed international airport because of the letter from EFCC.

“Prior to that time, Maina was never in our stop list. He has been a frequent traveller across airports. He has 3 passports. An official passport which has expired and has not being renewed; a standard passport which is currently valid till 2018 and an American passport.

“So in an addition to being a citizen of Nigeria, he is also a citizen of America. He has a valid U.S. passport which will be expiring on 26 August 2022.”

The immigration chief also explained that at some point, Mr. Maina’s name was removed from the stop list.

“On December 1st 2015 the EFCC gave us a letter directing us to remove his name from the stop list, which we removed. But when the case of Maina started and a directive was given by the president that he should be probed, we blocked his name again in our stop list. We blocked all his passports which means he cannot reissue his passport any longer and he cannot pass through our recognised borders.”


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  • forestgee

    Maina WONDER

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    EFCC is now busy blowing hot ash over Maina while “On December 1, 2015 this same EFCC gave NIS a letter directing that agency to remove his (Mania) name from the stop list. Nigeria’s proclivity for duplicity is gargantuan!

  • Bassey Frank

    You should be ashamed of yourself. That means terrorists can sneak in and out of the country without Immigration knowing. In sane societies, you should be relieved of your duties immediately. But this is an arrangement among you

    • Yego V

      Maina used presidential jet and was never subjected to immigrations protocol

      • rules_emmanuelO.

        I would not be surprised! It is obvious Almighty Maina has some devil’s deal with PMB and his 40 thieves.

      • Bassey Frank

        Thunder will destroy all of them, mercilessly. Silent Thieves.

  • emmanuel

    And the shocker today, when the Permanent Secretary told the same committee that the HOS gave him the mandate to re-instate Maina, which was a lie.
    If the HOS was involved, HOS Biometrics would have been captured and included in the Federal Payroll according to the woman.
    But these criminal elements in cahoot with Buari, would not have non of that, but instructed the Accountant General of the Federation to pay him directly.
    This also bring my cry of direct looting of the TSA to fore. Buhari and his men have converted the TSA to a leaky basket – the more you look, the less you see. It is as bad as the AGF having problem reconciling an account that is just two years old.
    Each new trend in the Mainagate exposes how dirty Buhari is as a man

    • Yego V

      He was dirty decades ago. The man is rotten

    • kinsly

      Who told you he was instructed to be paid directly? Too much beer parlour lies. Go get a good job and stop spreading false news.

      • share Idea

        Ok tell us how he was paid?

  • Yego V

    This man Maina na bionic man o. Even Buhari with his malams and babalawos no fit see am

  • Adele Uhuru

    Buhari shame on you ………………………

    • kinsly

      How? IPOB hater.

  • Kenny

    Liars everywhere! Lai “the liar” Muhammed is MUTE

  • Sunny

    Come and see Maina wonder
    Come and see Maina wonder
    Come and see Maina wonder
    Come and see Maina wonder
    ( c)
    This country is really in a mess.Lord who is going to deliver us from this bondage.

  • rules_emmanuelO.

    …for want of a responsible and competent leadership! SMH!

  • udemeobong

    Is there any politician, who doesn´t leave Nigeria evry six months or once in a year? Certainly not. So Mr. Comptroller General, it is either you are lying or you don´t know your responsibilities. No political elite stays in Nigeria more than six months, they need OYIBO style of life. I call it: Life-Update-Abroad! They shuttle Europe, America and the Arab world to enjoy the latest things of life these people use their God-giving brain to bring to reality, while they play theatre at home with our lifes, suffering, and, permit me to say this, ignorance to stage mass protest. Then no one wants to die, yet we are dying in style.

    So, Nigeria is fantastically corrupt period!!!

  • Otile

    This is the most crooked administration on earth. Damned be fake lawyer Kay Soyemi and all the APCpigs who defend the conman called Buhari.