The arraignment of former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is taking in the Federal High Court, Abuja with the heavy presence of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission.

Arraigned in the same court, on a separate but similar charge is the son of the ex pension reform boss, Faisal, a reliable source reported.

A crowd of lawyers and other people have filled up Court 6, 2nd Floor of the building, where Justice Okon Abang will be adjudicating.

Maina and his son were putting on white caftan with dark blue caps.

As at the time of filing the report at 10:30 am, the case was, however, yet to be mentioned.

NAN reports that the anti-graft agency is arraigning the former pension task team chairman on a 12-count 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 is brought pursuant to section 17 of Anti-money Laundering Act.

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 the outrage, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his dismissal and demanded a probe of his recall.

Source: Punch