Alleged N2bn fraud: Maina extradited to Nigeria to face trial, police say

The Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), to Nigeria to face trial for alleged money laundering and fraudulent diversion of public funds.

Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, in a statement on Thursday said the fugitive former pension boss was extradited on Thursday from Niamey, Niger Republic, where he was arrested having been declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction over a pending criminal trial against him.

Recall that Maina was arrested on November 30, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart.

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The team from INTERPOL Nigeria, led by the Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, Garba Umar, having completed the necessary documentation requirements and other extradition processes, flew the wanted former pension boss into Nigeria aboard an NPF Jet 5N-HAR and landed at exactly 1417Hrs (Nigerian Time).

Maina is facing money laundering charges levelled against him and a firm by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the tune of N2 billion.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while applauding the trans-national/inter-agency collaborations that led to the successful arrest and extradition of the wanted fugitive, assured that necessary legal actions will follow immediately, the statement said.

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