The Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe on Thursday refuted allegations by the National Assembly that the presidency was shielding the Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Okupe said everything is being done to ensure that Mr Maina is arrested and made to answer allegations of corruption levelled against him by the Senate Committee that probed pension fund administration.

Mr Okupe said, “I heard the Speaker of the House say that people in high places should not be hobnobbing with corrupt officials. That issue does not arise at all.

“The Presidency is not hobnobbing with Maina. The Presidency is not shielding Maina.

“I also heard somebody mention that Maina is on the list of the President trip to Switzerland. That is not correct. The president is not even going to Switzerland.