Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), has said that he needs six to seven weeks to recover from a knee cap injury, before he can appear in court, as advised by his doctors.
Speaking from a hospital bed in a video which surfaced during the week, Maina said he is not trying to evade trial, but he can’t appear in Court because of his knee injury and he suffers a constant rise in blood pressure which affects his head and makes him drowsy. Maina said, “What the doctors told me is that I’ll need at least six to seven weeks of recovery because it is a knee cap injury”.
On the issue of recovering $10 billion stolen funds for Buhari, Maina said that he didn’t tell them to say so but it’s something he can do. “I never told anyone to go and say so. But it is something I can do. I did that during the Jonathan administration and we recovered N1.6 trillion as a committee and during this administration, I recovered N1.3 trillion.”
Maina further said that the Buhari administration owes him N65 billion being 5% of the amount he has recovered for Buhari already. He said, “Imagine an administration that owes me N65 billion, which is five percent of my recovery of N1.3 trillion, now putting me up for trial over N2 billion. Do they think Nigerians are stupid?. If it is true, then the same EFCC who is taking me to court needs to be joined as defendants in the case because all the security agencies were part of my team.”
Maina, who is being prosecuted on money laundering charges involving alleged diversion of pension funds to the tune of N2 billion, has been absent at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for over five consecutive hearings of his case, alleging that he is hospitalized, his absence has stalled the continuation of his trial.
Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno south, who is standing as a surety for Maina, had told the federal high court in Abuja on October 3, that he was not aware of the whereabouts of Maina, but Oronsaye, Maina’s counsel, had told the court that Maina was at Maitama General Hospital receiving treatment.
Also, during the week, some youths from Biu Local Government Area of Borno State in a peaceful protest, requested that Federal Government should pay Maina his 5 per cent whistle blowers fees on the N120 billion he recovered. They said FG was prosecuting Maina for helping Nigerians and they requested that the Judge handling Maina case, Justice Okon Abang, must be changed else they won’t allow Maina enter the court.
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