A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the temporary forfeiture of 23 properties linked to Abdulrasheed Maina, former boss of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).
The trial judge, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo, gave the order after hearing a motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Concise News recalled that the EFCC had sought the forfeiture of N1 billion worth of assets traced to Maina, which were by the anti-graft agency.
Items retrieved are about 31 SIM cards, one iPad and two laptops, 19 handsets and each of the handset either has one SIM card or two/ three cards.
Also recovered are 13 flash drives and Kentucky U.S. ID card in the name of Maina Abdulrasheed Abdul; a UAE Certificate of Naturalisation for Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina; a UAE ID card in the name of Abdulrasheed Maina.
The rest are a Nigerian passport and a UAE passport for Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina; ATM cards/ cheque books both for Nigerian and UAE banks being used by Maina and charms, including a traditional jacket (top) with charms and in their luggage.
According to sources close to the investigators gave an insight into Maina’s offshore investments and assets.
He said there is documentary evidence linking Maina to companies in the UAE and Nigeria through his son. The father’s name does not appear in the profile of these companies but the son’s name does.
The source said a luxury and car rental company and a cleaning service firm – Spotless and Flawless International, have also been traced to Maina in Dubai.
Maina has also admitted the ownership of Ostrich Oil and Gas Company, the source said.
The source added that EFCC detectives have “located many accounts operated by Maina but opened in different names.
“For example, he got the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of his sister, Fatima Abdullahi, and opened an account with it. But it is Maina that is signing the cheque, to withdraw money from the account. The sister was not aware of the existence of the account until Maina was arrested.
“He used the names of many of his relatives to open accounts between 2014 and 2017. In some accounts operated by one of his suspected firms, there were deposits of about N183 million and $323, 396 between 2014 and 2017.
According to sources, the list of the properties was discovered during the search on one of his relatives in possession of the titles.
The source said: “Maina has filled the asset declaration form and he did not declare these properties which he brought in different names.
“Our investigations showed that many of these properties were paid for in cash. For instance, he paid N100 million for a property on 16A Katuru Road, Kaduna.
“EFCC detectives succeeded in linking the assets to Maina from the Deeds of Sale and other documents. We were able to compute the cost of 29 properties at over N1billion. ”With his denial of ownership of these assets, we have already filed an application in a High Court for their forfeiture to the Federal Government,” the source said.