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Published On: Mon, Feb 19th, 2018

Maina alleges plot to scuttle recovery of looted pension funds

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The embattled former chairman of Pension Reform Task Force, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina has said real looters of pension funds are bent on ensuring that they do away with recovery of N2.93 trillion Naira for Federal Government.
The media Aide to Maina Abdullahi Usman, disclosed this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to Usman, the dream of those that looted pension funds is to do away with Mr. Maina by all means using all available plots.
In the statement titled ‘Re-115 days later, Buhari fails to act on Head of Service report on Maina’ the media adviser alleged that the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, was part of those haunting Maina.
“Our attention has been drawn to a publication by an online news medium, with the above headline. Reading through the lines it was clear that the piece was simply intended to blackmail the former Chairman Pension Reform Task Force Mr. Abdurasheed Maina using deliberately concocted lies by the medium.
“Yes there was a presidential request for a report from the Head of Service Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita on Mr. Maina. She is to produce a report on Maina’s activities in an office where she served as the Director of Finance when the massive pension fraud took place.
“Definitely her fears of being exposed are not unconnected with the reason why she appears vicious against Maina most especially as she was the director of finance when N4.4b Pensions Funds was stolen during the President Jonathan’s administration,” he said.
It explained that acting on independently produced reports, especially when it appears that the party producing the report has an interest in the outcome, is indeed not expected to be without delay.
“Such delays result from personal interests and greed appeared to have been served by the said report. Notwithstanding, the report also requires scrutiny and even further investigation most especially as some of the things expected of the report contradicts the decisions of the courts.
The statement further said that, it is of great importance to note that Maina recovered N1.3 trillion for the Buhari Administration in 2017.
“It is even as a result of this level of selfless national service that he won several cases in different courts in Abuja.
“These include the court judgment returning him to service after his suppressive dismissal and threat by the former regime, restraining the EFCC from arresting him and also declaring a travel restriction on him by the Nigerian Immigrations Service as illegal,” it noted.

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