Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, who jumped bail and was recently arrested in Niger Republic escaped via a hired motorcycle into Niger Republic through Sokoto State, according to police investigation.
“He hired a bike and capitalised on the porosity of the nation’s borders, to escape through Sokoto’s border town of Ilella and landed at KonI in Niger Republic. He had earlier attempted fleeing through Katsina State to Mariachi into Niger Republic. He, however, changed his mind at the last minute after suspecting that his identity might be blown open. He was reportedly arrested inside the United States of America Embassy in Niamey where he claimed to be a citizen of America,” police sources told Vanguard.
According to intelligence reports, Maina left Nigeria by motorcycle in order not to raise the suspicion of security operatives, only days after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail with a Senator Ali Ndume standing as his surety. While Maina was in Niger republic, he was using a Thuraya phone to hide his location and avoid being arrested and this made it difficult for the security operatives to detect the exact town in Niger Republic where Maina was hiding.
EFCC is prosecuting Maina and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd on a 12-count charge of operating fictitious bank accounts, corruption, and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion. Maina disappeared after he was granted bail on November 26, 2019, and was arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic, on 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart, after he was declared wanted by Justice Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja for jumping bail.
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