Pension fraud: Senate gets 7 days to release report on Maina


A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Senate to make public the outcome of investigations carried out on the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina. 

Frank threatened to drag the red chamber to court if it fails to release the report at the expiration of seven days.

The Senate had set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the dismissed civil servant on how he (Maina) got into the country after he left the shores of Nigeria and trailing a report that he was on EFCC’s wanted list for about two years.

Maina, before he was dismissed due to several allegations, led the PRTT which was inaugurated on 10th June, 2010 by former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, with a clear mandate to restructure the Head of Service Pension Office, Police Pension Office, among others. 

Speaking through a statement made available to newsmen Sunday, Frank also condemned in strong terms, what he called persecution of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

“Since it is an era of fighting corruption, all hands must be on deck. The Senate must reveal to the general public what its committee discovered during the investigation of former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension, Abdulrasheed Maina.

“I have, however, prepared my lawyers to sue the Nigerian Senate if its ad hoc committee fails to make public the outcome of its investigation in the next seven days. This is necessary for the nation to know who are her real enemies and those who have served her diligently,” Frank said.

While condemning the sealing of residential houses located in Ikoyi, Lagos, owned by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the EFCC, Frank said the APC administration has mismanaged the much talked about fight against corruption for witch-hunting of the perceived political enemies.

“Nigerians at all level must speak up against injustices in the land. We must help the APC government in the fight against corruption. Political persecution should not be seen as right against corruption.”

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