The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has said that the Pension Reform Task Force headed by Abdulrasheed Maina never handed any asset to the EFCC.
Mr. Magu also said the account of a son to Mr. Maina had a turnover of over N1.5 billion in less than a year.
He said these on Thursday at the hearing organised by the ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives investigating the controversial reinstatement of Mr. Maina into the federal civil service.
Mr. Magu, while listing out properties belonging to Mr. Maina, claimed that the EFCC’s knowledge of the said properties was obtained by the commission, stressing that Mr. Maina has not returned any asset.
“In the Pension Office of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, those from whom properties were recovered are Shuaibu Keidi, Dina Chidi, Abdul Mohammed, Emmanuel Olanipekun, Aliyu Bello and the associate companies and persons.
“The other recoveries made include those that were recently recovered from Abdulrasheed Maina in Abuja and Kaduna. They include seven properties in Kaduna; a two-storey commercial building located on Ibrahim Taiwo Road, a bungalow located at Katuru Road, and four separate properties located on Kano Road, in Kawo New Extension, Kaduna.
“The other property which is still under construction is a four one-storey building on a plot located at No.5 Sokoto Rd, adjacent to Zamfara State Governor’s Lodge in Kaduna.
“Other properties linked to Maina include No. 12 & 11 Rd, Kado Estate, Abuja, No. A5/HO/B+, Kado Estate, No. 9 TCM Close A+, Kado Estate, No.8 Ologun Close A+, Kado Estate, Luxury Apartments; eight plot of land, six three-bedrooms, two two-bedrooms located at Plot 965 Pedestrian C2 Life Camp, Abuja, another at No.10 Halisu Musa Rd, Jabi, Abuja,” he said.
He further said that EFCC is investigating Mr. Maina for fraud and money laundering, describing him as the arrowhead of a lot of illicit deals that saw hundreds of millions of naira in pension funds ending up in his private pockets.
“Maina operates the accounts of Clostal logistics Limited, Kangoro Dynamic Clean Limited, an investment and construction company limited, Nafisa Aliyu and Abdulahi Faiza.
“It is important to note that the sixth account operated solely by Maina had a total inflow of over N2.7 billion between 2008 and 2013 with 95 per cent of the deposit deals in cash.
“It was discovered that Faiza Abdulahi’s account, who happens to be his son had a turnover of over N1.5 billion in less than a year.
“It should also be noted that Maina operated these accounts through telephones and electronic messages. Most of the funds were converted to Forex, through Bureau de Change and delivered to Maina in cash.
“Part of the funds were used to purchase properties, including a house at No. 10 Halisu Musa Road, Jabi, which goes for $2 million and was paid for in cash,” he added.
Denying the claim that Mr. Maina’s task force handed over some properties to the EFCC, Mr. Magu challenged Mr. Maina to provide evidence of submission of any asset to the commission.
He challenged anyone with a contradictory evidence to tender it publicly.
“If Maina or any government official witnessed the sharing of any recovered pension assets by any official of the EFCC, they should be willing to name the official, the assets involved; when and where the sharing took place.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there are no 222 properties anywhere that were shared by anybody. The EFCC did not receive a single property from Abdulrasheed Maina,” Mr. Magu said.
He added that all the pension fraud asset that are in the recovered assets inventory of the commission, ”were products of independent investigation by the EFCC.”
The senate committee at a plenary last week Thursday had said that 222 properties recovered by Mr. Maina had been allegedly shared by some “interest groups” under the watch of the EFCC.
A senator, Emmanuel Paulker, had told the Senate that the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, PTTPR, headed by Mr. Maina had recovered the houses from pension suspects in Abuja and other major cities across the country.
At the Thursday hearing, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, also said Mr. Maina, who is currently on the run, was reinstated into the civil service without a directive from her office.