27 November 2020 By Victoria Abah
As trial of the former Chairman of the Defunct Pension Reform Task Team continues, a prosecution witness, Mrs Rukkayya Ibrahim has told the court how he diverted over N14bn from the Federal Pension account.
Testifying before the Federal High Court in Abuja as the ninth prosecution witness, Mrs. Ibrahim said investigations revealed that Abdulrasheed Maina looted pension funds, in connivance with the former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye.
The witness who is an investigator with the EFCC, said she was a member of the pension fraud task team that uncovered names of fake pensioners used to siphon funds by Maina and his accomplices.
The witness said Maina and his alleged accomplices looted funds by making payments to fake pensioners, National Union of Pensioners, and the Association of Retired Civil Servants.
Meanwhile, the court has fixed December 4 for a member of the House of Representatives, Umar Dan Galadima who stood surety for Maina’s son, Faisal, to show cause why he should not be remanded or forfeit the N60m bail bond to the FG.
Maina’s son is answering a separate three-count money laundering charge that was preferred against him by the EFCC.