Maina to forfeit 23 properties to FG

Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Force, is to forfeit 23 properties to the Federal Government even though temporarily for now. 

Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo, gave the order while ruling on an exparte originating motion brought before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In the motion, the anti-graft agency prayed the court to order the temporary forfeiture of the properties linked to Maina. 

It also sought an order of the court directing the publication of the interim order of forfeiture in any national daily newspaper, inviting anyone who has any reason why the properties should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government to come forward and prove same. 

The EFCC supported its motion with a 30-paragraph affidavit, deposed to by one, Mohammed Goji, an investigation officer with the EFCC and the Head of Pension fraud team of the commission and brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Money Laundering Act. Justice Ogunbanjo, in her ruling on the motion, granted the prayers of the anti-graft agency and ordered the EFCC to return to the court on November 19, 2019, for the mentioning of the case. 

The temporarily forfeited properties, linked to the former pension boss are situated in Kaduna, Borno, and Sokoto, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).    

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