Maina: EFCC faults Senate committee on alleged recovery of 222 properties

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

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied ‘sharing’ any of the properties seized from alleged pension fund thieves in its custody.

The anti-graft agency also said it is not in custody of any of the said properties.

This denial followed an allegation raised by Emmanuel Paulker, chairman of Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the reinstatement of fugitive pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

“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 on Thursday.

“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.”

In a statement signed by its head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC faulted the senator’s claim noting that no official of the agency was invited by the Senate.

“This sweeping allegation, coming from a senate committee is disturbing more so as no attempt was made to verify the information from the commission. The EFCC was never invited by the committee and given the opportunity to educate it onthe status of assets seized from suspected pension thieves; yet the committee was comfortable to scandalise the EFCC with the public disclosure of unverified claims by unknown interests.

“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. All the pension fraud assets that are in the recovered assets inventory of the commission were products of independent investigation by the EFCC, for which Maina and his cohorts had no clues. 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.”

The statement noted that it is impossible for EFCC to share any property, which is a subject of interim forfeiture in court.

“As far as the EFCC is concerned, there is no controversy regarding the status of assets recovered from suspected pension thieves.The record of all the recovered assets from both the Police Pension and the Pension Office of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as well as their current status are intact, and have been communicated to the relevant organs of government.

“However, in view of the consistent display of public ignorance about the profile of recovered assets by even those who should know, it is important to state that it is impossible for anybody to share a property that is subject of interimforfeiture by court. Of all the properties seized from pension fraud suspects, it is only properties that are linked to John Yusuf, who was convicted under a plea bargain arrangement that had been forfeited permanently and handed to government. All the others, with the exception of Brifina Hotel, are subject of interim forfeiture. And the cases are ongoing in courts.”


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  • Holy truth

    All dis one sided & unverified allegations by those criminals sitting as d lawmakers in dat highly corrupt smelling NASS are part of bukola sarafraud game plans to get back at Magu to rubbish him in order to get Magu out of office. All dis criminals headed by d master fraudster bukola sarafraud just wanted someone dey could easily manipulate to be installed to replace dis Magu. Magu is causing bukola sarafraud & his cohorts headache & sleepless nights.
    Dis criminals jumped at accusing d efcc of sharing 222 properties of d pension thieves based on petition written by some faceless groups dat were organised by same criminals sitting as lawmakers instead of lawbreakers, without inviting d efcc to hear their own side of d story dey stupidly & criminally jumped on d faces of news media pointing accusing fingers at d efcc leadership just d lawbreakers nightmares is Magu. Dis is another failed attempt to discredit Magu’s leadership as efcc chairman spareheaded by bukola sarafraud d fraud Master minder of Nigeria.

  • Shahokaya

    In rational societies the Senator that made such unverified and childish accusations would have resigned from the hallowed chamber, but then this is NIGERIA were if we are not careful we will leave the thieves and stone the owner of the property.

  • Hassan Lawal

    ..i dislike this Senators, i still do not believe anyone in that House is credible, seriously, i dont share that belief at all, they are all rogues..

  • Suleiman Alatise

    It was very clear to me from the unset that Mainagate is designed to rubbish and delay the fight against the looters caucus of Nigeria.