Former Chairman, Presidential Task Team on Pensions, Alhaji Abdurasheed Maina, has accused the immediate past and present leaderships of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) of hounding him because of his insistence that they should account for the N1.63 trillion and 222 property he recovered under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Maina accused the Acting Ibrahim Magu and the ex-chairman Ibrahim Lamorde of stealing the money as well as sharing the property among a lot of people, alleging that they cannot account for the money and property.
Maina who was spoke in a telephone conversation during a radio/TV programme known Brekete family, also stated that he recovered another N1.3 trillion under the current administration of President Buhari, saying he would be recovering another N3trillion hidden in secret accounts if given the opportunity to do so.
According to Maina, the recovery of N1.3 trillion and the Department of Security Services (DSS) director’s description of him as an asset to the country had scared the cabal stealing government funds and made them think he would report them to the President Buhari thereby spilling the beans.
He said the ex-chairman of the EFCC Lamorde was removed from office due to the missing property and money which he (Maina) recovered, wondering why Nigerians were calling for Marina’s head instead of asking questions about the money and the property.
“I recovered N1.63 trillion during Jonathan’s administration and 222 properties which have been in the custody of EFCC. The reason why they are pursuing me is that I tod Lamorde and Magu that they must produce these properties. Where are these properties? They can’t account for them.
“One chief Obu went to the Senate to say that these properties have been shared among a lot of people and the money stolen. That was the reason Lamorde was removed. Now EFCC has been pursuing me because I insisted that they must account for these properties and the money that I recovered.
The former Pension task team chairman said there were currently a lot of money in various accounts in Nigeria amounting to N3 trillion which he had promised to recover until the cabal blocked him from seeing president Buhari.
“Now there are lot of monies in various accounts in Nigeria. Just like I recovered the N1.63 trillion, the N1.3 trillion, I also said on live television that if given the opportunity by Mr President in 2017, I told Mr President that just like I showed you the N1.3 trillion, I will show you other monies amounting to N3trillion. They (cabal) went and blocked me from seeing the President
He said if the cabal that have not taken the President back, the country would have moved forward.
Maina stated that he knew about a secret account in Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC) operated by 20 signatories.
He said there are many secret accounts operated on behalf of Nigerian government which have stayed up to 10, 15 and 18 years saying that President Buhari would never know or see those accounts even if he stayed in government for another 10 years.
He said some people in government as well as some retired heads of service and retired permanent secretaries have been making withdrawals from these secret accounts unknown to the government of the day.
“There are a lot of accounts in Nigerian government, some of them are more than 10 years, some 15 years, 18 years. President Buhari will never see these accounts even if he stayed for the next 10years in office because those people in government are still in charge of those accounts, some of them are retired heads of service, some are retired permanent secretaries.
“They are still taking money from these accounts because they cannot take the whole money the banks are using the money to trade and they give them $80 million, $60 million monthly,” Maina said.
On the N195 billion, he alleged Senator Kabiru Gaya had accused him of stealing, he said the same Senator had given him a clean bill of health on a national television as well as a national newspaper when he threatened to expose all the expensive houses he and some of his colleagues had bought with pension money.
“When Senator, Kabiru Gaya, who accused me of stealing N195 billion came out after I said if he doesn’t come out to tell Nigerians the truth, how they are taking pensions money and bought houses, he came out again on live television to say Maina did not steal a Kobo, He said the 195 billion is inside President Muhammdu Buhari’s Single Treasury Account. Since then till now nobody had accused me.”
He also stated that the taskforce he headed was a mere committee which never had its own account pointing out that nobody had given the committee N2 billion to do its job as is being alleged.
“I was not working alone; the pension reform task team never had an account. If someone want to travel we will send a letter to the head of service that someone wants to travel, he would send travel allowance to corporate account. All the people who worked with me are all alive. Why is it that nobody had taken me to court. If I had taken money let them take me to court. I agree taken this people that accuse me to court and I won the court cases.
“Now that Kabiru Gaya had cleared me of the N195 billion, they said I stole N2billion. This same N2billiln they are talking about is for biometrics. It is the same N2 billion that brought N1.63trillion. Supposing I’m giving N2 billion for trading and I brought N1.63 trillion, is it good market or bad market?Nobody had given me N1. I was not the account officer. We were not a government entity that was given money. I was only heading a committee which will come and work for a certain number of months and go.
“We don’t have account, we never had account. Let me tell you why they are after me. They are afraid because I am an expert in the area of recovery. I can see how this people are stealing money. For example, in this Buhari administration, I recovered N1.3 trillion to Nigeria.
“Nigerians didn’t know until when a court returned me to office and the same situation cabal were scared that I might get in touch with President Buhari to tell him how they have been stealing money.”