The Nigerian Police Force has confirmed the arrival of former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina from Niamey, Niger Republic.
The Forces’ spokesperson, Frank Mba who spoke extensively also highlighted on the team effort that led to Maina’s extradition.
“The Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), today, 3rd December, 2020, to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic, where he was arrested having been declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction over a pending criminal trial against him.
“Recall that Abdulrasheed Maina was arrested on 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart,” Mr Mba said.
“The team from INTERPOL Nigeria, led by the Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, CP Garba Umar, having completed the necessary documentation requirements and other extradition processes, flew the wanted former Pension Boss, Maina into Nigeria aboard an NPF Jet 5N-HAR and landed at exactly 1417Hrs (Nigerian Time).”
“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni while applauding the trans-national/inter-agency collaborations that led to the successful arrest and extradition of the wanted fugitive, assures that necessary legal actions will follow immediately.”
Maina’s arrest also comes after a combination of security and intelligence operatives in both countries.
The ex-pension boss currently faces a 12-count charge for money laundering filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is also accused of acquiring properties in Abuja with the sum of N2billion which he laundered through his firm.
Earlier last week, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ordered Maina’s trial to begin in absentia after he jumped bail granted him by a presiding judge.