Maina: Alleged pension fraudster, bail jumper arrested in Niger Republic

Alleged pension fraudster and bail jumper Abdulrasheed Maina has been arrested, the Nigeria Police said.

Maina, who is being prosecuted over an alleged N2 billion pension fraud, jumped bail and landed his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, in trouble.

An Abuja court remanded Ndume in prison last week over Maina’s disappearance. The senator was later granted bail on “good behaviour”.

Police have now confirmed Maina’s arrest on Tuesday. The former pension boss was arrested by Nigerien authorities and will be extradited to Nigeria.

“Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigeria Police Force is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him,” the police said.

“Abdulrashid Maina, who was declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction, was arrested last night, 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart.

“He is currently in a detention facility in Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes.

“The Force assures the citizens, that there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed.”

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