EFCC Arraigns Maina, Son Amid Tight Security
The EFCC is arraigning the former pension task team chairman on a 12-count charge bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.” (image courtesy: Channels TV)

Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina on Friday pleaded not guilty to the 12 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

This arraignment is coming after Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo ordered the forfeiture of 23 property linked to Maina, following an ex parte motion filed by the EFCC

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EFCC’s motion was supported by a 30-paragraph affidavit which it brought pursuant to section 17 of Anti-money Laundering Act.

This news medium had earlier reported that the commission was set to arraign Maina and his son, Faisal, on separate cases before Justice Okon Abang of the aforementioned court.

The Department of State Services (DSS) had, on 30 September, 2019,  arrested Maina and his son at an Abuja hotel and subsequently handed them over to the EFCC on 2 October for further investigation and prosecution on allegations of fraud and money laundering to the tune of N2.1 billion.

The Federal Civil Service Commission dismissed him in 2013 for “absconding from duty” but he returned to the country in 2017 and was reinstated as a director in the interior ministry.