By HENRY UMORU
ABUJA — AHEAD of the resumption of the National Assembly next week, the Senate has vowed to summon the Inspector- General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, over his refusal to arrest embattled chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Force Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
According to the Senate, it is a slap on the number three citizen, Senate President, David Mark, to issue a warrant of arrest and it is not honoured and carried out by the Inspector-General of Police.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday, Chairman, Joint Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service and State and Local Government Administration, Senator Aloysius Etok said: “The Senate president, who is the number three citizen in this country, signed a warrant of arrest and the Inspector-General of Police ignored the order.
“This is very unfortunate but the Senate is left with no other option than to invite the IGP to come and explain why he could not arrest Maina. We want to know if Maina is above the law of the land. The IGP must tell us his own side of the story and whether it is beyond his power to arrest Maina.
“In a committee report which was adopted by the Senate in June last year, we said the continued existence of Maina’s task force is illegal and should be discontinued immediately because nowhere does any task force exist beyond six months.
“This was affirmed by the former Head of Service who appointed Maina, Chief Steve Orosanye. Former Head of Service, Professor Oladapo Afolabi, also corroborated it. Likewise the incumbent Head of Service, Bello Sali, as well as the Minister of Finance.
“We also said Maina is a bad example in the public service and should be relieved of his appointment and prosecuted. He claimed that he has been spending N500 million monthly to pay police pension, and on our own, we discovered that he was spending between N600 million and N1 billion monthly to pay them.
“Therefore, we say the difference between N500 million and that is the margin of fraud and that he must return the money to government’s treasury. We calculated the money and it was over N9 billion. We’ve also stated in our report that we found Maina to have ridiculed the system by awarding contracts through splitting to the tune of N1.8 billion without any authorised approval.”