*After a most recent attempt that failed
Home of the mother of Abdulrasheed Maina, controversial chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) was invaded by armed gunmen at about 8:30pm on Sunday in uniform.
The armed men that were reported to have asked after the mother and Abdulrasheed “ransacked the house, turning virtually everything upside down. They left with the security guard in handcuffs. After about an hour, the guard returned home from the bush where he was dropped. Some folks picked him up and offered him free ride. We have reported the matter to the police,” said Aliyu who spoke to www.gongnews.net on phone.
Only days ago, there were reports of some haggard looking men suspected to have been hired to assassinate the embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. They arrived his home at about 3am early Tuesday morning brandishing sophisticated weapons and harassing his family members. They were even said to have taken up two rooms in the house and checking personal apparels in the house.
Maina’s security aides were immediately informed and by the time they arrived the rented house, the suspected men led by a man believed to be wearing a police uniform was accosted and confessed that they was personally dropped off by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Ibrahim Magu). The three men were erratic in their actions and kept on repeating the name” Maina, Maina is who we want”, after which their leader kept mute.
He rebuffed every attempt to get him disclose his mission around Maina’s house but said that his boss might come around midnight.
A retired para-military officer who lives in the area, pleaded not to be named for fear of his life, urged the authorities, including the DSS and Police to protect Maina’s life and that of his family.
He further appealed to the neighbours to stand out against this illegal form of attack on an innocent citizen who did his best to turn the pension sector around for the better.
Another elder stateman who lives behind the controversial rented house, said “it is only in Nigeria that doing good is a crime, we pensioners really benefitted during Maina’s days in office.”
Since his return to the country after several failed assassination attempts on his life and his reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service which was as a consequential effect of a Federal High Court judgement which was delivered in April, 2013, Maina has been in the news.
He had recently revealed that his pension Taskforce team (comprising of EFCC, ICPC, POLICE, DSS, NIA etc) was instrumental to the recovery of over 222 assets from suspected thieves, which were duly handed over to the EFCC and has been allegedly shared.
The assets were allegedly shared. Most of them were sold below half of the market values to government officials and cronies of the EFCC boss, including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who have been defending the EFCC Acting Chairman.
However, when the action of the Commission first became a media issue, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC in a statement denied having the recovered assets in its custody.
The EFCC recanted days later after Maina released a list containing names of the suspected pension thieves who owned the assets, the location of the assets and the categories of assets seized and handed over to the commission.
Maina had insistently accused powerful pension thieves, whose toes he had stepped on in the course of his duty as the Chairman of the pension taskforce team as the reason behind his ordeals.
The allegation of the arrival of suspected assassins at Maina’s home has introduced a new dimension to the recent ordeal by the ex-pension Taskforce Team boss.
Recall that Maina was advised to flee the country after failed assassination attempts on him during a visit to the Presidential Villa in 2014.
Maina was shot at right after he left the villa meeting and he narrowly escaped being killed inside a black bullet proof car during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.