By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
*says court restrains EFCC from harassing him
Family of ex pension boss, Abdulrasheed Main a has spoken out against what of termed persecution of their son, who actually deserves commendation for recovering N1.3 trillion from looters.
The was expressed in a statement signed by Abdullahi Usman, on behalf of the Abdulrasheed Maina’s family, made available to AUTHENTIC News Daily on Tuesday November 19, 2019.
“It has become necessary to draw the attention of the Nigerian public towards the unfortunate trend of persecution against Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Pensions funds chief as this could kill the morale of those intending to give required information to support fight against corruption in the country.
“Based on available records, Maina is known to have assisted the President Muhammad Buhari’s administration in recovering N1.3 trillion from looters for which a promised 5% is yet to be paid to him.
Maina alone under the DSS office recovered the funds, what the entire workforce of ICPC and EFCC cannot boast of since their inauguration as anti-corruption agencies in 2000 and 2002 respectively,” it stated.
The family said that Maina has secured five court judgements in his favor that are yet to be enforced even against the EFCC who have been restricted from harassing him.
“With the facts and genuine information in possession of Maina, persecuting him is more like protecting the real pension thieves in the country. The anti graft umpire in the country should be working with Maina to secure convictions of the real pensions looters, both those under prosecution and those not identified and brought to book by the anti graft commission.
“It was evident that while Maina served as Customs, Immigration and Prisons Office, CIPPO boss, it was the best run pension office at that time owing to the software he developed at no cost to government. This software streamlined the processes which the then minister of interior used to administer that office with the lowest budget and the highest number of pensioners.
“More so, in 2012 while briefing the National Economic Council, Maina revealed that pensioners were denied payment in Nigeria not because there were no adequate funds budgeted for it, but due to systemic large-scale corrupt practices shrouded in secrecy and conspiracy of a sinister pension mafia that include Senators, Members of House of Reps, Heads of Services some Permanent Secretaries, Directors and Administrators,” it submitted.
The family pointed out that the Pension Reform Task Team was inaugurated by ex President Goodluck Jonathan under the leadership of Maina with senior level leadership from ICPC, Immigration, EFCC, Police, NIA, DSS, Prisons, Customs, Accountant General’s office, Attorney General’s office, Public Complaint Commission and Head of Service’s office.
“They were tasked with the duty of reforming the pension administration system.
“The agencies represented in Maina’s team exclusively executed and handled recoveries and not Maina as an individual but he supplied intelligence and technical knowhow.
“All members of the Task Team are alive but non has been removed from his office and non is being persecuted or victimised with regards pension funds,” it lamented.
It stressed that it is clear that Maina’s sin is that he insisted on blocking the leakage that led to the monthly stealing of N6bn from the Police Pension Office and N4.725bn from the office of the Head of Service respectively.
“Reflecting on the performances of Maina it is necessary without any mince of words to say that Maina deserves better treatment. As a compatriot who has sacrificed his life for the progress and development of the country, Maina deserves not to be condemned or persecuted but commended and rewarded,” it concluded.