*Etuk Committee was found to have taken N3bn bribe
Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has commenced investigation of the circumstances surrounding the return of embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina and his reinstatement into the civil service of the Federal Government.
The lawmakers at the plenary on Tuesday took turns to condemn those in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who they said were rubbishing the anti-corruption campaign of the government.
They asked why someone who absconded from service as assistant director could be discreetly reinstated as director.
They therefore set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter.
Maina, who has been allegedly accused of complicity in a N2billion fraud, has allegedly gone into hiding.
Members of the present ad-hoc committee has not been named.
How Senate committee took N3bn bribe from us – Teidi
www.gongnews.net recalls former Director in the Office of the Head of service, Sani Shu’aibu Teidi, one of the suspects standing trial before the Federal High Court, Abuja, who is alleged for the massive looting of the pension treasury, claimed that he and other accomplices paid the Senator Aloysius Etuk-led Senate Committee a N3billion bribe in dollars.
The bribe, it was alleged, was to stall the prosecution of the accused persons. The bribe scandal took another dimension following the mentioning of the name of the immediate past chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs Farida Waziri, who allegedly working with the mindset that the Senate Committee would make good its promise of stalling the case of the accused persons, also got a property located at Parakou Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, as bribe.
The principal suspect further alleged that the Senator Aloysius Etuk-led committee failed to fulfil an earlier promise of helping to stall their prosecution after collecting the N3bn contributory bribe.
The allegations caused ripples within the Senate committee. A source close to the principal accused, Dr. Teidi, said that the cause of the disaffection within the Senate committee was borne out of the discovery that, out of the N3billion obtained as bribe from the six accused persons, Senator Etuk attempted to outsmart his colleagues by declaring only N500million, a paltry one-sixth of the actual bribe he allegedly collected and also participated in the sharing.
The source added that Dr. Teidi and other accomplices paid the Senator Alloysius Etuk-led committee the N3billionn bribe in dollars after Teidi was coerced into giving details of his assets/ properties, with the promise to soften the severity of his offence, after which he was asked to give out 50% to them.
An obviously angry Dr. Teidi “felt betrayed by the Senate committee leadership’s greed and inability to properly handle our (the accused persons’) matter before it,” our source added, and he therefore resolved to make public all information on the botched agreement.
“In fact, the N3billion bribe offered the senate committee was contributed by all the accused persons, each with the amount of N500million. The committee made us believe that when we give the money being demanded, it will give us a safe landing, thereby escaping prosecution, but, to our greatest dismay, they only succeeded in cutting their own share of what we stole,” the source quoted Dr. Teidi.
According to the source who pleaded anonymity, trouble started when the deputy chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gay, the former Kano Governor, got wind of the exact sum offered by the accused from an independent source, who is also his kinsman, a former director of the Police Pension Board and incidentally a relation of one of the accused standing trial before the Abuja Court and confronted Senator Etuk with his findings.