21 November 2017
By Justice Nwafor
The former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Team, PPRT, Abdurasheed Maina, has declared readiness to engage the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in an open debate in order to establish his innocence, still insisting he had no hand in the alleged N2.1 billion fraud.
Maina made the disclosure through his lawyer, Sani Katu, insisting that he did not steal N2.1 billion from the pension fund as alleged but that the Federal Government owed him a large sum of money.
He, therefore, challenged the anti-graft agency to an open panel of investigation where he would open a can of worms which would shock Nigerians.
He said: “In 2011, we stopped the stealing of N300 million daily from police pensions. Also, in 2011, we stopped the stealing of N1. 04 billion monthly from police pension allocations. Same 2011, we were able to stop the yearly stealing of N52.5 billion at the head of service pension.
“It would interest you to know that between 2011 and 2012, the PRTT recovered cash and asset worth N1.63 trillion which has been with the EFCC.
“Nigerians are not stupid and cannot be deceived. They want to take our attention away from all these recoveries because they have repeatedly failed to account for them.
“Our attention cannot be diverted away from about N 4 trillion to a mere N2.1 billion, which is less than all the recoveries.
“Let’s meet at an open panel of investigation if the EFCC is truly straightforward. We urge the government to appoint an independent panel of investigation and see who will run out of Nigeria”, he concluded.
Maina also accused a prominent Lagos lawyer of buying one of the properties seized from pension fraudsters.