The latest has not been heard on the controversy surrounding the ongoing ‘war’ between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and former PPRT chairman, Abdurasheed Maina, News Proof can report authoritatively
Maina, in a latest revelation through his lawyer, Barr Sani Katu claimed that the federal government is owing him over N159BN, as against the N2.1bn he is being accused of siphoning while in office.
The embattled ex-PRTT boss challenged the anti-graft agency to meet at an open panel of investigation where he would spew out all the unknowns to Nigerians.
“In 2011 we stopped the stealing of N300m daily from police pension. Also, in 2011, we stopped the stealing if N1.04bn monthly from police pension allocations
“Same 2011, we were able to stopped the yearly stealing of N52.5bn which has been an annual ritual at the head of service pension
“It would interest you to know that between 2011 and 2012 the PRTT recovered cash and asset worth N1.63trn which has been with the EFCC.
It may be recalled that some pensioners petitioned the National Assembly to ensure that EFCC produce these recoveries so that Nigerians would know.
These recoveries belong to Nigerians and thus the need to know the whereabout of these monies and properties. The Pensioners urged EFCC in their Petition to stop diverting the attention of Nigerians from the N1.63Tr towards an imaginary and concocted N2.1bn fraud, that EFCC pension Fraud unit created using coercion to hide the monies some of them stole and the result is that conviction of the 43 alleged notorious pension cartel WHICH MAY NEVER BE POSSIBLE.
“Similarly, between 2016 and June 2017, Maina, released the intelligence and tip-offs that stopped the annual stealing of N1.3trn. (This has been confirmed by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federation).
Also between February 2017 to October 2017, He also recovered N152bn, N60bn, and other sensitive materials. These achievements goes to further the importance of Maina to this Country. It means the Government acted in public interest by obeying Court order which brought Maina to office.
“It could be recalled that Maina was shot at and dismissed by the pension cabal, The 7th Senate asked for his head, He approached the high court and got judgement and is now being accused of N2.1bn which is not even a .000001% of what Maina is supposed to be paid by Government. ARE WE ACTUALLY FIGHTING CORRUPTION OR PLAYING CARTEL GAMES, he retorted.
“Now let’s total what Maina recovered, then apply the whistle blower 5%, and get the total to be paid to Mains, then subtract N2.1 bn which even though is a complete fabrication by the EFCC, then pay him the balance of N —–
Speaking further, he said, “Nigerians are not stupid and cannot be deceived. They want to take our attention away from all these recoveries because they have repeatedly failed to account for them. Our attention cannot be diverted away from about N4tr to a mere N2.1Bn which is an insignificant percentage the N2.1bn, which is less of all the recoveries.
“Let’s meet at an open panel of investigation if the EFCC is truly straightforward.” We urge the Government to appoint an independent panel of investigation and see who will run out of Nigeria