Maina in DSS net, may stand trial for N2bn fraud

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Ex-Chairman of the Pensions Reform Task Team, Abdul Rasheed Maina, is expected to stand trial over a N2 billion forensic contract.

This follows his arrest by the Department for State Services at an Abuja hotel.

DSS had mounted a close surveillance on Maina following “credible intelligence” that he had sneaked into Nigeria from Dubai.

He had been declared wanted in 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N2bn fraud.

He had been brought back to Nigeria in 2017 by influential forces in the Presidency and reinstated in the federal civil service in addition to being promoted to director level in the Ministry of Interior.

However, the issue generated a heated debate and widespread criticisms from Nigerians.

It was also the cause of an open disagreement between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and the immediate past Head if the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, shortly before a Federal Executive Council meeting.

Maina had fled Nigeria in 2013 after being recommended for dismissal by the office of the Head of Service.

Maina was accused of being involved in N2 billion pension fraud.

After an investigation by the Senate Joint Committee on Public Service Establishment, a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

He was also declared wanted by the Police following his “disappearance” from the public space.

He is due to be handed over to EFCC for arraignment.