A Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the remand of the embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, in prison custody.
Justice Okon Abang granted the remand order, following a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after he pleaded not guilty to the 12 counts.
The anti-graft agency is arraigning the former pension task team chairman on a 12-count charge bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.”
The development is coming after Folashade Ogunbanjo, a judge, ordered the forfeiture of 23 property linked to him.
The judge gave the order following an ex parte motion filed by the EFCC
EFCC’s motion was supported by a 30-paragraph affidavit which it brought pursuant to section 17 of Anti-money Laundering Act.
Mr Maina is accused of being involved in pension fraud running into over N100 billion.
The Federal Civil Service Commission dismissed him in 2013 for “absconding from duty” but he returned to the country in 2017 and was reinstated as a director in the interior ministry.
Following outrage, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his dismissal and demanded a probe of his recall.