Maina Diverts Money through Sister’s Account, EFCC’s First Witness Testifies

Former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, used his sister’s name to open a secret bank account with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), through which funds were pilfered.

This was revealed before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja Friday by the first prosecution witness (PW 1), Mairo Abdulahi Bashir, a business manager with UBA, who said Maina passed off the account as belonging to his sister while he actually operated it. She revealed also that Maina presented a certificate of incorporation for a company, Common Input and Properties Ltd, with his sister’s photograph and her personal details but endorsed the document with his own signature.

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The witness, when challenged under cross-examination by the defense counsel, denied any ulterior motives against the defendant, saying her testimonies were in good faith.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Maina on a 12-count charge, bordering on operating fictitious bank accounts, corruption fraud and money laundering to the tune of over N2billion.

Yusuf Abdulsalam: Yusuf Abdulsalam holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Mass Communications. He also has LL.B and LL.M degrees. He has worked widely and variously as a reporter, sub-editor, editor and editor-in-chief in Nigeria for over a decade.
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