CRIME

Maina Lands in Nigeria to Face Trial

Abdulrasheed Maina, the former head of the now scrapped Pension Reform Task Team, has been brought home after he was arrested in Niger Republic on Tuesday.

On Thursday, pictures of the embattled former Chairman touching down at the Abuja airport were released by the Nigeria Police Force.

Maina is facing a 12-count money laundering charge waged against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Official information obtained from the EFCC claim that Maina is facing a N2 billion money laundering charge, after he fled trial on 29th September, 2020. His failure to attend the court hearing as scheduled prompted Justice Okon Abang to remand his surety, Senator Ali Ndume in custody.

But the runaway Maina has been brought home to face trial.

The police said on Twitter, “Maina extradited to Nigeria; the Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team today to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic.”

“He has been arrested in Niger Republic, but we have not yet brought him into Nigeria. He is going to be brought in Tuesday or Wednesday. But he has been arrested,” one of the sources said.

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