Ex-Pension Boss, Maina Arrested In Niger Republic

Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of Nigeria’s Pension Task Team (now defunct) has been arrested in the Niger Republic.

He was arrested by the Niger Republic Intelligence Service in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday night.

Maina, who was previously arrested and is facing 12 counts of money laundering was found to have jumped bail, leading the Presiding judge on his case to issue his warrant of arrest.

The fugitive Maina had stopped attending trials since the 29th of September 2020, leading the court to order the remand of his surety, a senior lawmaker in Nigeria, Senator Ali Ndume.

Senator Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial district, Northeast Nigeria, was released on Friday after he was granted bail.

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC had sought the assistance of the American and Nigerien governments in Maina’s arrest.

Maina’s arrest, according to local media was made possible by the smooth cooperation between Nigerian and Nigerien security agents.

Details of how his arrest was achieved are yet to be released.


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