Conference of Minority Ethnic Nationalities and Allied Organisations has said the failure of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to prosecute former pension boss, Ibrahim Maina, after several months shows that the commission has no case against him.
Maina has been accused of being culpable in the N2 billion pension scam for some three years now.
speaking yesterday in Abuja, the Convener/President of the group, Comrade Bitrus Bot, said all efforts by the EFCC to pin evidence of wrong doing on Maina has been largely futile.
“A senate investigation of Mr. Maina in 2012 turned out to be a concerted effort to extort bribe from him. If there was any valid case against him, he would have been convicted by a competent court in the space of the three years that has lapsed.
“It will be easier to convict those indicted over the pension scam once the prosecution has a state witness of Maina’s stature.” he said noting that since the government has failed to prove Maina guilty it allow him return home under government protection as a state witness.
The group therefore called for further investigation into the pension sector to uncover the real culprits instead of chasing shadows.
“Nigerians were once outraged by the mind boggling N2 billion pension scam and subsequently called for the head of Abdulrsheed Maina, who was the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.
“The good thing that has come out of this is that Maina has been able to expose the truth behind the scene.
“He levelled bribery allegations against some highly placed Nigerians such as the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, Senator Aloysius Etuk, who should have been exercising senate oversight on pension amongst others.”

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