- The EFCC said Maina's case is suspended but will continue as soon as he is arrested
- The anti-graft agency is however filing a 27 count charge against him
- The EFCC said it is working hard to get Maina arrested and prosecuted
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said the embattled ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina's case is suspended in court but the trial would continue as soon as he is arrested.
Recall that the whereabouts of Maina, who is the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, is still unknown despite the fact that he has granted several interview denying the fraud charges leveled against him.
The head of EFCC legal team, Rotimi Jacobs, made this known while speaking with Premium Times.
Jacobs said: “The case is still pending. From all the evidence we have alluded in court, we have been able to show that he (Maina) was the one who collected all the money, whether directly or indirectly. And that the money was spent for his personal use. He is the major suspect."
Another Abuja based lawyer, Monday Ejeh, who weighed in on Maina's case said he might be able to get a plea-bargain and become a witness if he truly has information that will enable Buhari's administration to recover trillions of looted funds as he claimed.
Ejeh said: “The first thing the EFCC has to do is to get Maina arrested, since it is obvious that he (Maina) is avoiding having to face trial.
“Also since he has said that he has information enough to help this administration save a huge amount of money, running into trillions, remember that part of the policy statement of this administration’s anti-corruption war is recovery of funds, in line with that policy, he might be interrogated after his arrest and credible investigation conducted on findings from his interrogation.
“This information might also result in the EFCC making further arrest of suspects in the matter.
“There is therefore the possibility of having a kind of plea-bargain with Mr. Maina, so that he becomes something like a witness in the trial. Part 28, section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act gives room for such plea-bargain strategy to be used in situations like this."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Maina has denied some media reports linked to him.
The reports had claimed that Maina was in court with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over its composition.
Reacting to the reports, Maina said the publication quoting him as asking the court to disband the anti-graft commission was untrue.
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