Breaking: Maina Bags 61-year Jail Term For Money Laundering


Former chairman of now-defunct Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, was on Monday sentenced by Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court to 61 years imprisonment but to run concurrently for eight years.

He was found guilty by the court of inducing staff of Fidelity Bank to open bank accounts for him without conducting due diligence and money laundering.

Justice Abang in his judgement, also found Maina guilty of concealing his true identity as signatory to accounts opened in UBA and Fidelity Bank by using the identity of his family members without their knowledge.

These accounts were said to have cash deposits of N300 million, N500 million and N1.5 billion.

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The court held that Maina stole monies meant for pensioners as he could not prove where he got same from.

Also, Justice Abang held that through Maina’s service as a civil servant, his salary and emoluments would not amount to the monies in these accounts.

Furthermore, the court held that the prosecution (the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission), produced essential evidence through witnesses called, to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Maina was also guilty of money laundering in sum of N171,099,000.

The court ruled that this formed part of the proceeds of unlawful act.

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