EFCC urged to re­move Maina from no fly list

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Con­fer­ence of Mi­nor­ity Tribes in Nige­ria (CMTN) has urged the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) to delete Mr. Ab­dul­rasheed Maina’s name from the no fly list of the Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice (NIS).

Co­or­di­na­tor of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Com­rade Okpokwu Ogenyi, said yes­ter­day in Abuja that re­tain­ing Mr. Maina’s name on the list af­ter five dif­fer­ent court ver­dicts against the com­mis­sion was a clear case of cor­rup­tion.

Ogenyi told re­porters that the re­cent tes­ti­mony by Se­na­tor Kabiru Gaya, the Sen­ate com­mit­tee chair­man on Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion who was a co-chair­man of the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on pen­sion probe, that the said N195bn was in the gov­ern­ment’s ac­count had vin­di­cated Maina and that as such, keep­ing his name on the list and red alert of the In­ter­pol was a clear case of fraud and vic­tim­iza­tion.

“For the on­go­ing war against cor­rup­tion to suc­ceed, the likes of Ab­dul­rasheed Maina, our son from south­ern Borno, must be al­lowed to be a free man hav­ing proven be­yond rea­son­able doubt, his in­no­cence and sur­vived all the al­le­ga­tions against him by anti-Nige­ria el­e­ments. Nige­ri­ans needs the likes of Maina to as­sist the present gov­ern­ment in re­cov­er­ing pub­lic funds,” he said.

He said the a re­cent in­ter­view in a na­tional daily by Se­na­tor Gaya that the said N195bn was stocked in agen­cies of gov­ern­ment and formed part of the Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count (TSA) of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was enough ex­on­er­a­tion of Maina apart from the rul­ing of Jus­tice A. U. Shuaibu set­ting aside a war­rant sought by the EFCC against him.

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