by Akpene Jacob
Wanted former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, has spoken out from his hiding place on the allegations of corruption leveled against him by the past administration.
Maina was dismissed form office in 2013 after he was accused of being involved in a N2.1 billion pension fraud. He was declared wanted by the EFCC and also INTERPOL.
In October, Maina made news when he was reinstated and promoted as a director in the Ministry of Interior despite the fact that he is currently on the run. President Buhari ordered that he be dismissed from the civil service and an investigation be carried out as to how he he was reinstated into the service.
In an exclusive interview with Channels TV, Maina denied all the allegations of corruption leveled against him. According to him, some people are after him because he stopped them from fraudulently amassing wealth through the pension scheme. He appealed to President Buhari to give him a chance to prove his innocence. He said he has helped this administration to also recover some stolen money.“Thank God our President stands for the truth, the unfortunate thing is that some people around him whom he has given trust are lying to him; this one I can attest to and I can give you instances, I can give you documentary evidence. I’m appealing to you Mr President, there are so many things people are not telling you; when I get to that public hearing I will tell you some things that nobody ever told you Mr President because I never had the opportunity to sit down with you.” he said.
Maina who denied any involvement in pension fraud, however, said his team recovered about N282billion cash for the government and that his life was in danger. He said he was ready to prove to the President that he was innocent of the allegations against him by recovering N1trillion in three months if given the opportunity.
“I recovered money for the last administration and I recovered money for this administration. Most people may not understand this but let me explain this to Nigerians because I want the truth to be told and I want Nigerians to understand the truth and know what is going on in Nigeria. Listen, I am not afraid of anybody, I am saying the truth. People portray themselves as if they are saints around the President; it’s a lie, they are not. We recovered as a team, N282billion cash. Aside from the N282bn, we were able to bring information and caught 43 pension suspects. They have threatened me, they have threatened my lawyer, they have threatened my brother, sister; they have threatened us all that I will be killed. Mr President, I will give you information and documents that will fetch you over N3trillion now in Nigeria, give me nine months. Within the first three months, I will show you N1trillion just like I showed you N1trillion in this 2017,” he said.
Watch a clip from the interview below