Some haggard looking Men Suspected to have been hired assassins had invaded residence of the embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina at about 3am early Tuesday morning brandishing sophisticated weapons and harassing his family members. They were even said to have taken up two rooms in the house and checking personal apparels in the house which is unconstitutional.
Maina’s Security aides were immediately informed and upon the arrival at the rented house, one of the suspected men was seen wearing a police uniform; but having been accosted, confessed that he had worked with the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Ibrahim Magu) and later dropped. The three men were erratic in thier actions and kept on repeating the name: ” Maina, Maina is who we want”, after which thier leader kept mute.
He rebuffed every attempt to get him disclose his mission around Maina’s house but said that his Boss might come around midnight.
Commenting on the matter, a retired para-military officer who lives in the area, pleaded not to be named for fear of his life, urged the authorities, including the DSS and Police to protect Maina’s life and that of his family.
He further appealed to the neighbors to stand out against this illegal form of attack on an innocent citizen who did his best to turn the pension sector around for the better.
Another elder stateman who lives in the same area , said “it is only in Nigeria that doing good is a crime, we Pensioners really benefitted during Maina’s days in office.”
Recalls that since his return to the country after several failed assassination attempts on his life, and his Reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service which was a subject of litigation with consequential effect of a Federal High Court Judgement which was delivered in April, 2013, had put Maina in the news.
Coupled with the fact that he had recently alleged that his pension Taskforce team (comprising of EFCC, ICPC, POLICE, DSS, NIA etc) was instrumental to the recovery of over 222 assets from suspected thieves, which were duly handed over to both ICPC the EFCC.
The assets which he earlier claimed to have been shared and sold below half of the market values to government officials and their cronies, has put him in back light with those involved.
However, when the action of the Commission first became a media issue, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC in a statement denied havng the recovered assets in its custody.
Recall that Maina was advised to flee the country after failed assassination attempts on him during a visit to the Presidential Villa in 2014.
Maina was shot at right after leaving the villa meeting and he was said to narrowly escaped being killed