Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Maina: Sen. Paulker Not Among ‘43 Pension Thieves’, Rather EFCC

The former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team (PRTT) Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, has debunked claims by an online newspaper that chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee on the probe of his reinstatement was amongst those that re-looted properties recovered from alleged pension thieves.

“I have never mentioned any particular individual other than those already charged to court over pension fraud and theft. It is not sheer mischief, but outright fabrication by Sahara Reporters to report that I mentioned the name of Senator Paulker as part of those who relooted pension recoveries by the PRTT,” Maina said in a statement on Sunday.

In a statement by his spokesman, Mohammed Sabo, Maina said, “the Senate committee chairman on Establishment has earned himself a reputation amongst notable Nigerians based on his transparency and how open he has handled the pension probe.

“I find it curious that I would turn around to mention the senator that raised the matter of investigating the 270 properties recovered by the taskforce I chaired during plenary seeking a mandate to investigate the EFCC laughable as well.”

According to the embattled former PRTT chairman, the report was a calculated attempt orchestrated by the anti-graft body to create bad blood between the Senate and himself in order to scuttle the investigation into how the 270 properties were shred.

“Let me place it on record once again that the pension thieves include staff of the EFCC staff and all the beneficiaries of the recovered properties and cash from the 43 pension suspects that I will soon name”, he added.

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