Just months after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared him wanted, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina has also been declared wanted by the International Police Organisation, INTERPOL.
A top operative of the commission, reports that the INTERPOL decided to place the red alert on Maina, who is believed to be out of the country in response to a request from the EFCC. This will enable relevant security agencies to arrest Maina in any part of the world.
The EFCC had on November 18th 2015, written to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, seeking his assistance “to issue an INTERPOL Red Alert” on Maina, who had been charged to the Federal High Court on July 10, 2015.
Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL, Olushola Subair, responding to the anti-graft agency’s request in a letter dated January 11, 2016, addressed to the Chairman, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, informed the agency that its request had been processed and a notice duly issued by the INTERPOL,” he said.
The letter reads:
“Be informed that the Bureau has taken necessary action on the wanted fugitive as requested with INTERPOL General Secretariat, Lyon, France. He has been published on the INTERPOL Red Notice accordingly.”
Maina is alleged to have been involved in a biometric contract scam and stealing of N2 billion pension funds while he served as former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, alongside Ex-Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, and two others.
The former PRTT boss was charged alongside three others before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses.
The EFCC, had in a statement by its spokesperson, Uwujaren, said that since the commission filed charges against Maina on July 2015, more damning evidences had emerged on how the former PRTT boss siphoned pension funds using secret accounts in a new generation bank in Abuja.
Uwujaren encourages anyone with information on Maina’s whereabouts to contact any of its offices across Nigeria.