EXTRA: $2m Property In Abuja, 50 Cars, Six Other Possessions EFCC Uncovered From Maina

FILE PHOTO: Abdulrasheed Maina exit an airplane after he was extradited to Nigeria following his arrest in the Niger Republic.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday secured the conviction of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the now-defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT),

A Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced Maina, to eight years imprisonment following a N2.1billion pension scam.

Earlier in 2019, Maina was arraigned by the EFCC, but he pleaded not guilty to a 12-count charge of money laundering. However, Justice Okon Abang found the accused guilty.

Following the conviction, the antigraft agency gave a close view into the crimes committed by the ex-pensions boss.

According to a statement put out by the Commission, below is a list of properties and large sums uncovered while investigating Maina.

  1. Property in Jabi, Abuja worth $1.4 million (paid in cash).

  2. Luxurious mansion in Dubai

  3. Maina’s company – Northrich Company owned over 50 cars.

  4. Colster Logistics, belonging to Maina received an inflow of over $400,000 from cash deposits.

  5. Over N500 million was discovered in the account of Kangolo Dynamic, within the years Maina was chairman of PRTT. (The company has never carried out any service or contract).

  6. Property worth $2 million in Jabi, Abuja.

  7. Two accounts belonging to Maina hold cash deposits of N300 million, N500 million, and N1.5 billion.

  8. Properties in the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Having established his sentencing, the court ordered Maina and his firm – Common Input Property and Investment Limited to restitute about N2.1billion that was traced to their bank accounts, to the Federal Government, after which it ordered that the company should be wound up.

Court Sentences Maina To Eight Years Imprisonment

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairman of the now-defunct Pension Reformed Task Team to eight years imprisonment.

Maina was convicted after he was found guilty of money laundering.

In a judgement delivered on Monday by Justice Okon Abang, the court held that the prosecutor, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has produced essential evidence through witnesses to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Maina is guilty of money laundering in the sum of N171,099,000.

Maina was also found guilty of concealing his true identity as a signatory to accounts opened in two banks – UBA and Fidelity bank – by using the identity of his family members without their knowledge.

These accounts had cash deposits of N300million, N500million, and N1.5billion

The court held that Maina stole monies meant for pensioners as he could not prove where he got them from.

Maina (with security operatives) outside the court premises after he was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for money laundering on Monday, November 8, 2021.

 

The court also found Maina guilty for the purchase of a property in Abuja paid in cash in the sum of $1.4million, which is above the statutory threshold of N5million and without passing through a financial institution, describing it as a criminal offense.

However, while Maina was leaving the court premises, there was a squabble between operatives of the EFCC and security officials from Kuje correctional center on whose custody Maina is to be remanded, as the judge did not make any pronouncement on where he should be remanded.

While reading his judgement, the trial judge said the correctional center will be able to take care of his health.

After the scuffle was resolved, Maina was eventually taken to Kuje correctional center.

His Counsel Olusegun Jolaawo told journalists that they will be appealing the judgement.

Court Finds Maina Guilty Of Money Laundering

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday found Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairman of the now-defunct Pension Reformed Task Team guilty of money laundering.

In a judgement being delivered by Justice Okon Abang, the court held that the prosecutor, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has produced essential evidence through witnesses to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Maina is guilty of money laundering in the sum of N171,099,000.

The court added that the defendant (Maina), called only one witness to his defense when he had the opportunity to call as many as he could.

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While further delivering his judgement, Justice Abang found Maina guilty of concealing his true identity as a signatory to accounts opened in two banks – UBA and Fidelity bank – by using the identity of his family members without their knowledge.

A file photo of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina

 

These accounts had cash deposits of N300million, N500million, and N1.5billion

The court held that Maina stole monies meant for pensioners as he could not prove where he got them from.

Justice Abang also held that through Maina’s service as a civil servant, his salary and emoluments will not amount to the monies in these accounts.

The court also found Maina guilty for the purchase of a property in Abuja paid in cash in the sum of $1.4million, which is above the statutory threshold of N5million and without passing through a financial institution, describing it as a criminal offense.

 

Maina And Son’s Trial 

A month ago, the court jailed Maina’s son, Faisal, after finding him guilty on three counts of money laundering involving N58.1million in public funds.

Maina was tried alongside his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Limited over 12 charges bordering on money laundering of over N1billion, among other offences.

He had jumped bail twice in the course of his trial and was recently arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic, where he had fled.

Upon his rearrest, he returned to court where the court ordered that he be returned to the custody of the correctional centre in Kuje until his trial was concluded.

With the development, his lawyer, Francis Oronsaye, withdrew from the case while his new lawyer, Anayo Adibe, filed another bail application.

However, in a ruling on February 28, Justice Abang refused to grant the application on the grounds that it was without merit and that Maina failed to place sufficient materials before the court to convince it that he deserved another bail.

He held that Maina did not deserve to be admitted to bail again after violating the conditions of the bail granted him earlier and later adjourned the matter.

Court Dismisses Maina’s Fresh Bail Application For Lack Of Merit

Abdulrasheed Maina

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the fresh bail application filed by a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, on the ground that it lacks merit.

Ruling on the application, Justice Okon Abang said though it was at the court’s discretion to grant bail, the ex-pension reform boss did not deserve a fresh bail after jumping the first bail.

The judge said Maina did not place sufficient materials before the court to convince that he deserves the second bail as he insists that the medical report brought from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed he was not under any medical emergency.

Justice Abang further said that Mr. Maina was not only a flight risk but a proven one, having fled to the Republic of Niger and Chad in violation of the court order.

The Judge who refused to grant Maina’s application for an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release his confiscated property, including a BMW Car, also dismissed his request for an order to set aside the November 18 and December 4, 2020 orders.

The court had on November 18, 2020, ordered the trial in absentia of Mr. Maina after he jumped bail.

On December 4, 2020, the court also ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and final determination of his case.

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Adjourns Maina’s Trial Till February 1

Abdulrasheed Maina

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the hearing of the bail application filed by the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina to February 1, 2021.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang while adjourning the case shortly after counsel in the matter announced appearances said it is not convenient for the court to hear the bail application today.

Mr. Maina had on December 24, 2020, filed a bail application predicated on grounds of deteriorating health which requires urgent medical attention.

In the motion on notice, the defendant outlined four issues for consideration by the court, one of which was him collapsing in court on December 10, 2020, due to his deteriorating health.

He also stated that he has responsible sureties who are ready to stand for him if granted bail.

EFCC Confirms Arrest Of Maina’s Fleeing Son, Faisal

A file photo of Faisal Maina during his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

Faisal Maina, the son of the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has been arrested.

He was rearrested by security operatives on Wednesday night after he was declared wanted by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed Faisal’s arrest to the court on Thursday, almost six months after the 21-year-old jumped bail on June 24.

In a ruling on November 24, the court revoked Faisal’s bail and issued a bench warrant for security agencies to arrest him wherever he was found.

He is facing three counts of false asset declaration and money laundering to the tune of N58 million – charges filed against him by the anti-graft agency.

During Thursday’s plenary, Justice Okong Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned until December 21, for the adoption of the final written address of the EFCC on Faisal’s trial.

He noted that the court would also rule on EFCC’s application for committal to prison of Mr Sani Galadima, who stood as surety to Faisal on the same adjourned date.

“This matter is hereby adjourned at the instance of the surety till December 21, 2020, for ruling on the committal application made by the prosecution and again adjourned for the adoption of a final written address for the prosecution,” the judge was quoted as saying.

In asking for an adjournment, Faisal’s new lawyer, Anayo Adibe, sued for time to be acquainted with the case, while Galadima’s lawyer, M.E. Sheriff, informed the court that he got news of the defendant’s arrest and craved for time to confirm the development.

“I was reliably informed that the defendant was arrested last (Wednesday) night and is in custody.

“I will be asking for an adjournment and the suspension of the committal proceedings to allow the court ascertain the authenticity or otherwise of the defendant status,” Sheriff said.

Although Justice Abang refused Adibe’s application for adjournment, the judge granted that of Sheriff.

Corruption Trial: Maina Collapses In Court

 

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina on Thursday collapsed in court.

The Federal Government is prosecuting Mr Maina on a 12-count charge of fraud and money laundering before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Mr Maina was recently extradited from the Niger Republic after he jumped bail and escaped the country.

The former pension boss collapsed when his counsel, Anayo Adibe was addressing the court on his no-case submission before Justice Okon Abang.

This photo shows ex-Pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina after he collapsed in court on December 10, 2020.
This photo shows ex-Pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina after he collapsed in court on December 10, 2020.

 

Before Maina’s collapse, his counsel was praying the court for an adjournment to enable him to get records of court proceedings.

The proceedings would help him prepare for the no-case submission he intends to file on behalf of his client, Adibe said.

But after Maina collapsed, the court rose abruptly to enable officials of the Correctional Service and relations of the former pension boss to attend to him.

The matter had been adjourned on Wednesday to today for the defendant to argue his no-case submission and for the prosecution to respond to the same orally.

The case has now been adjourned till December 21 and 22.

Maina’s ill-health has been a major reason for his prolonged trial. In November 2019, his trial was stalled after a medical expert testified to his inability to appear before the court due to health reasons.

On another occasion, his lawyer claimed Maina was bleeding during a court sitting.

Alleged N2bn Fraud: Maina’s Trial Resumes In Abuja

 

The trial of former Pension Reform Task Team Chairman, Abdulrasheed Maina resumed today at the Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice Okon Abang.

The court had last week ordered the remand of Maina at the Kuje Correctional Centre after his appearance there following his extradition from the Niger Republic.

Justice Abang had ruled that Maina would be attending his trial over alleged N2billion fraud from the correctional center until the conclusion of the case, having jumped the bail earlier granted to him and fled to the Niger Republic.

Also last week, the counsel formerly representing Maina, formally withdrew and the new counsel asked for a short adjournment to enable him to study the facts of the case.

Justice Abang granted the application for adjournment on the ground that Maina is entitled to legal representation.

Maina’s trial had been holding in absentia after he jumped bail and ran off to the Niger Republic. A High Court in Abuja declared him wanted and subsequently he was arrested in Niamey.

He was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday to face his ongoing money laundering trial.

A witness on Thursday told an Abuja High Court that Maina, bought a property worth $2 million in the Jabi area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Court Remands Abdulrasheed Maina At Kuje Correctional Centre

 

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Maina at Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial.

At the resumed trial on Friday, the counsel representing Maina, Adaji Abel formally withdrew and the counsel engaged by Mr Maina asked for a short adjournment to enable him to study the facts of the case.

Justice Abang granted the application for adjournment on the ground that the defendant who is presumed innocent is entitled to legal representation.

He subsequently adjourned the case to the 8th of December for a continuation of trial.

Maina’s trial had been holding in absentia after he jumped bail and ran off to the Niger Republic. A High Court in Abuja declared him wanted and subsequently he was arrested in Niamey.

The embattled former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday to face his ongoing money laundering trial.

A witness on Thursday told an Abuja high court that Maina, bought a property worth $2 million in the Jabi area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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The prosecution witness, Rouqayyah Ibrahim speaking before Justice Okong Abang stated that the defendant also acquired properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States.

Ibrahim, who is the prosecution witness nine (PW9) and a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that a prosecution witness, Adamu Modibbo, who testified to the EFCC regarding the said Jabi property, reportedly died of COVID-19 after his statement to the commission.

She added that about 32 documents, hard discs, and flash drives relating to properties linked to Maina and his family and details of some of his investments in Dubai and in the US were recovered from him.

“Particularly in Dubai, investigation revealed that his company, Northrich Company owned over 50 cars that were used for transportation business and he owns a villa in a High Ground area in Dubai.

“His wife Laila Abdulrasheed also owns cleaning services, called Spotless and Flawless. We also recovered pay slips during our investigation,” Ibrahim told the court.

She also disclosed that investigation proved that another of Maina’s company, Kangolo Dynamic, does no business but that the defendant created a bank account for it in which his name did not appear anywhere on the account documentation even though he was in control of all the deposits in it.

The EFCC operative stated that the investigation showed that Colster Logistics, belonging to Maina, had a Fidelity Bank dollar account which had an inflow of over $400,000 from cash deposits as at the time the company was investigated.

She said over N500 million was discovered in the account of Kangolo Dynamic, within the years Maina was PRTT chairman.

According to the witness, in the course of the investigation, letters were written to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to verify the authenticity of the driver’s license used in opening some of the accounts; Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for Maina’s declared assets; Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), and Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), to confirm if Maina was still a civil servant and for his payslips.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was also written to for the tax returns of Maina’s companies while the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) was written to for the registration documentation of the companies and their annual returns.

After all, the documents and written responses of the government agencies were tendered as exhibits, the prosecution counsel, M.S. Abubakar, prayed the court to foreclose the right of the defendants to respond to the admissibility of the documents.

In his ruling, Justice Abang upheld the prosecution’s prayer, noting that opportunity was offered to the defendants to be in court to oppose the admissibility of the document in evidence, but they failed to appear and also failed to engage counsel of their choice.

Maina Back In Court For Trial After Extradition From Niger

 

The trial of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina has resumed in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ensured Maina was in the court having being extradited to Nigeria from the Niger Republic by the Interpol.

Mr. Maina who jumped bail before his re-arrest in Niamey, Niger is standing trial for alleged money laundering to the tune of two billion naira.

He was re-arrested after he jumped bail and was declared wanted by an Abuja High Court, however, while he was away, his trial went on in absentia.

A witness on Thursday told an Abuja high court that Maina, bought a property worth $2 million in the Jabi area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The prosecution witness, Rouqayyah Ibrahim speaking before Justice Okong Abang stated that the defendant also acquired properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States.

Ibrahim, who is the prosecution witness nine (PW9) and a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that a prosecution witness, Adamu Modibbo, who testified to the EFCC regarding the said Jabi property, reportedly died of COVID-19 after his statement to the commission.

She added that about 32 documents, hard discs, and flash drives relating to properties linked to Maina and his family and details of some of his investments in Dubai and in the US were recovered from him.

“Particularly in Dubai, investigation revealed that his company, Northrich Company owned over 50 cars that were used for transportation business and he owns a villa in a High Ground area in Dubai.

“His wife Laila Abdulrasheed also owns cleaning services, called Spotless and Flawless. We also recovered pay slips during our investigation,” Ibrahim told the court.

She also disclosed that investigation proved that another of Maina’s company, Kangolo Dynamic, does no business but that the defendant created a bank account for it in which his name did not appear anywhere on the account documentation even though he was in control of all the deposits in it.

The EFCC operative stated that the investigation showed that Colster Logistics, belonging to Maina, had a Fidelity Bank dollar account which had an inflow of over $400,000 from cash deposits as at the time the company was investigated.

She said over N500 million was discovered in the account of Kangolo Dynamic, within the years Maina was PRTT chairman.

According to the witness, in the course of the investigation, letters were written to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to verify the authenticity of the driver’s license used in opening some of the accounts; Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for Maina’s declared assets; Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), and Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), to confirm if Maina was still a civil servant and for his payslips.

Also written was the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the tax returns of his companies and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for the registration documentation of the companies and their annual returns.

After all the documents and written responses of the government agencies were tendered as exhibits, the prosecution counsel, M.S. Abubakar, prayed the court to foreclose the right of the defendants to respond to the admissibility of the documents.

In his ruling, Justice Abang upheld the prosecution’s prayer, noting that opportunity was offered to the defendants to be in court to oppose the admissibility of the document in evidence, but they failed to appear and also failed to engage counsel of their choice.

UPDATED: Maina Extradited To Nigeria After Arrest In Niger Republic

Abdulrasheed Maina accompanied by security agents after he was extradited to Nigeria following his arrest in the Niger Republic.

 

The embattled Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina has been extradited to Nigeria to face his ongoing money laundering trial.

Maina was arrested in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic after he jumped bail and was declared wanted by an Abuja High Court.

He was received on Thursday by men of the Nigeria Police Force at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

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The aircraft carrying the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team landed at the airport at 2.15 pm.

Speaking with journalists at the airport, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Interpol said Maina was brought back to Nigeria on the directive of the IGP, Mohammed Adamu.

See below photos of Maina at the airport after his extradition…

 

Maina is standing trial for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

The trial judge, Justice Abang Okon issued a warrant for his arrest after he ‘jumped bail’ and failed to appear in court.

He was said to have stopped attending his trial since September 29, 2020, prompting Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the remand of his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, last week.

Senator Ali Ndume, who stood as surety for Mr. Maina was remanded in prison by a court before he was eventually granted bail on November 27.

Following Maina’s extradition, the Nigeria Police Force has released a statement explaining how he was arrested and returned to Nigeria.

See the full statement of the Nigeria Police Force below…

 

ABDUL RASHEED MAINA EXTRADITED TO NIGERIA

The Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), today, 3rd December 2020, to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic, where he was arrested having been declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction over a pending criminal trial against him.

Recall that Abdulrashid Maina was arrested on 30th November 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart. The team from INTERPOL Nigeria, led by the Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, CP Garba Umar, having completed the necessary documentation requirements and other extradition processes, flew the wanted former Pension Boss, Maina into Nigeria aboard an NPF Jet 5N-HAR and landed at exactly 1417Hrs (Nigerian Time).

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni while applauding the trans-national/inter-agency collaborations that led to the successful arrest and extradition of the wanted fugitive, assures that necessary legal actions will follow immediately.

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

Lawyer Dumps Maina’s Company, Withdraws Representation At Trial

A file photo of Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted leave to Mr. Adeola Adedipe representing Common Inputs Ltd. to withdraw from the money laundering case brought against the company by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the resumed trial in Abuja on Thursday, Justice Okon Abang in a bench ruling granted the lawyer’s application to withdraw from the case on the ground that he is yet to be paid for his services and is unable to locate Mr. Maina who engaged him to represent the company listed as the second defendant in the case.

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Mr. Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task team is being tried in absentia having jumped bail for alleged two billion naira fraud and money laundering offenses.

Senator Ali Ndume, who stood as surety for Mr. Maina was remanded in prison by a court before he was granted bail on November 27.

Mr. Maina has now been re-arrested in the Niger Republic, the Nigerian police confirmed on Tuesday.

He is expected to be extradited soon into Nigeria to continue with his trial.