The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina on Friday October 25, 2019. Earlier on Tuesday, Justice Folashade Giwa Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja had given an order, authorising the federal government to take over 23 properties belonging to Maina.
The EFCC is set to arraign him before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Maina is facing a 12-count charge bothering on money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud. Also to be arraigned same day, in same court on a separate but similar charge is his son, Faisal.
The Justice Ogunbanjo forfeiture pronouncement was sequel to an exparte motion filed by the EFCC.
The Commission had sought Maina’s interim forfeiture of the properties to the Nigerian Government. This is pending the completion of its investigations.
As a matter of fact, the affected properties are located in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja; Kaduna, Sokoto, and Borno states.
Furthermore, the application sought an order of the court to publish a newspaper advertisement on the properties. The advertorial is to enable anyone who has any reason why they should not be forfeited to federal government to indicate with proof of non-forfeiture application.
The EFCC motion was supported by a 30-paragraph affidavit; which it brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has confirmed that popular Bureau de Change operator, Ismaila Mompha is in its custody.
Mompha became an internet sensation courtesy of his flamboyant lifestyle. However, he has been brought in for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) operatives.
Further, the arrest was affirmed as a joint operation between the Interpol and the EFCC.