Pension Fraud: Absence of Maina, an attempt to stall trial

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Corruption is a clog in the wheel of progress in Nigeria and has incessantly frustrated the realization of noble national goals,
despite the enormous natural and human resources in Nigeria.

Around July 2020, the ex-Chairman of the now scrapped Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, alongside his son, Faisal, standing trial for alleged theft of pension funds was released from the Kuje prison in Abuja.

Unfortunately, the former penysion chief who’s battling with a 12-count charge, which he pleaded not guilty to all and yet, he has not been physically present for his trials before Justice Okon Abang.

Mr Maina was alleged of diverting billions of pension funds, the fund meant to give survival to old men and women in the nation.

It was reported that he hide himself for almost two years, before he was arrested by the State Security Service last year. Again, after securing bail with the help of a North-east senator, Ali Ndume, Maina is no where to be found.

Therefore, it’s safe to conclude that Maina, like any other leader in Nigeria facing trial desire to frustrate the court process by not appearing as at when due.

He has been absent from hearing for the sixth consecutive time. Therefore, it is an act of dishonesty to see Maina on a bed with claims of knee injury. Yet, he did not deem it fit to inform the court through his lawyers at the appropriate time.

Finally, Maina and many others have successfully frustrated the anti corruption war initiated by the Buhari led administration.

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