Powerful Nigerians Shielding Maina From Justice, Says Magu
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that some powerful Nigerians are protecting former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), AbdulRasheed Maina, from being prosecuted.
Magu said this while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a daily televesion programme on Channels television.
The EFCC boss did not, however, disclose the identity of the persons allegedly protecting Maina but absolved the agency of any blame in connection to Maina’s initial escape from the country.
Recall that Maina fled the country in 2013 after the EFCC declared him wanted over alleged pension fraud to the tune of $2 billion. He however returned to the country and was reinstated as a director in the Ministry of Interior.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his immediate dismissal and ordered the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita to investigate the circumstances which surrounded Maina’s return and reinstatement.
Magu described Maina’s reinstatement as “devastating and that the EFCC would not spare anyone involved in it.
“I really don’t know what happened. But, I know that he had been properly placed on the watchlist and he couldn’t have sneaked into this country without the law enforcement agencies. So, something was wrong somewhere. Actually, we need to look at that.”
Speaking on steps currently taken by the EFCC to ensure Maina’s re-arrest, he said: “He has already been declared wanted by the INTERPOL and we are going to visit other countries for assistance, particularly Dubai, USA and UK.
“We are already on the manhunt, seriously. We will go after everybody who is involved. I am telling you, we will not spare anybody.
“He has people who are protecting him and that has made it difficult for us to get him arrested. You can imagine, he was promoted. It was devastating, it was beyond my understanding!”