Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) who was jailed for N2bn fraud has said he is suffering from a life-threatening disease and needs urgent medical attention.
Recall, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Maina before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on October 25, 2019, and firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, on 12 counts of money laundering.
He had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges and subsequently jumped bail twice in the course of the trial. He was later arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic, where he had fled.
On November 8, 2021, Justice Abang in his ruling sentenced the convict to three years imprisonment for count 1, five years for count 2, eight years for count 3, eight years for count 4, two years for count 5, five years for count 6, and eight years in count seven.
He also sentenced him to three years in jail for count 8, five years for count 9, eight years for count 10, three years for count 11, and three years for count 12.
He held that Maina stole over N2 billion belonging to pensioners, “most of whom have died without reaping the fruits of their labour”.
However, in ex-parte motion filed by his lawyer, Israel Obaniyi, Maina told Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, FHC, Abuja that he is suffering from life-threatening illness.
The motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1729/2022, was dated and filed on Sept. 27.
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