BREAKING : Court Orders Maina to Forfeit Properties
By Olamide Fadoju
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the temporary forfeiture of 23 properties linked to a former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Justice Ogunbanjo, the presiding judge, gave the order while ruling on a motion brought before the court by the EFCC.
In a thirty-paragraph affidavit, the EFCC requested an order to publish a statement on the listed properties in a national newspaper. This is to allow persons with cogent reasons why the properties should not be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government to raise such objections.
Justice Ogunbanjo subsequently fixed November 19, for mentioning of the case.
Maina was accused of theft to the tune of two billion naira while he was Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms (PTTPR) in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Maina was subsequently dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.
He was arrested on September 30, 2019, by the Department of State Services and was handed over to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution on allegations of fraud and money laundering.
Additional reports by Philip Nwelih