Nigeria expands dragnet on fugitive Maina


A fresh warrant of arrest has been obtained from an Abuja Magistrate’s Court for the arrest of the run-away former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.

The international police, INTERPOL, has also been involved to track and arrest Maina, whose recent reinstatement into service caused a national uproar.

Punch quoted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, who commented the development.

Shehu said investigation had been extended beyond Maina’s reinstatement and subsequent posting.

He said the investigation would even be extended to some foreign countries.

“Maina’s investigation has been expanded. This is beyond reinstatement. It has gone beyond that.

“You know that the INTERPOL has just issued an international warrant on him. A Nigerian court has also issued yet another warrant of arrest.

“All those cases involving Steve Oronsaye (former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation) that are ongoing, you know Maina is also involved. Law enforcement agencies are looking at that too.

“You are also aware that the Senate is also carrying out its own investigation on the matter.

“The matter is being investigated from all fronts. The EFCC, for example, is discovering more and more properties and its officials are sealing them. They are also looking at banks and all that.

“In fact, this investigation will also touch some foreign countries.”

Shehu said the security agencies, including the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), were making presentations to the President on the matter.