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Properties recovered by Maina team have been shared – Senate

*Senate extends Maina Committee investigations

*Report on looted properties

*Report on Maina reinstatement ready in two weeks

By Sandra Onyekwere

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who appeared before the Senate Committee has presented some documents that justified the reinstatement of former PRTT Chairman, Abdulrasheed Maina, back to service.

Property on No 42 Gana Street in Maitama-Abuja
Property on No 42 Gana Street in Maitama-Abuja

In the documents obtained by www.gongnews.net Malami sought to know what happened to the monies recovered from the pension syndicate.

He asked rhetorically from the Senate committee: “what about 270 properties comprising of real estate and motor vehicles, one of which is a mansion worth N1billion situated at No 42 Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja allegedly given to a senior lawyer meant to crave his ‘buy in’ in maximising media hype someday, distracting the attention of the public from the pension fraud.”

The Senate panel investigating the reinstatement of the Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has revealed how some interest groups shared the properties recovered from pension thieves.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, revealed this on Thursday during the Senate plenary.

Paulker, who came under a Point of Order, told the Senate that the 270 houses and other properties recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been shared by the interest groups.

The EFCC as a member of the PRTT were the agency that was used due to its derivative powers to seize the properties and cash as well as lodging seized funds in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Speaking on the point, Paulker asked the Senate to extend the tentacle of its investigation into the properties recovered by Maina from the pension thieves when he was the chairman of pension task team.

According to him, the 270 houses and other properties recovered from pension thieves were in the custody of the EFCC before it was shared.

He said: “we should investigate circumstances surrounding sharing of the recovered loot. The committee should be mandated to investigate the matter.”

Paulker added that report on the reinstatement of Maina will be ready in two weeks, while the one on recovered loot will be submitted in four weeks time.

The Senate granted the prayer of the chairman of the committee to extend the tentacles of the investigation to know the circumstances surrounding the sharing of the recovered loot.

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