By CALEB AYANSINA
CHAIRMAN of Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Dr. Abdulrasheed Maina, has said more shocking revelations of pension scam are underway, even as he declared his being declared ‘wanted’ by the Nigeria Police Force, has ulterior motives.
It would be recalled that Abdulrasheed Maina who is also the Director Customs,Immigration and Prisons Pension Office was on February 1 declared wanted by the Police following his failure to appear before the Senate Joint Committee on the Investigation of Pension Funds.
Maina in a statement claimed some top public officials involved in the pension fraud not yet made public were using the Police to silent the committee.
The statement reads, “I wish to let the people of Nigeria know that the purported declaration by the Nigeria Police that I am wanted is coming to me by surprise.
First of all, I am a law abiding citizen of this nation who respects institutions and will not do anything at anytime to denigrate any constituted authority. However, I state equivocally that the said declaration by the Nigeria Police is definitely an abuse of power in a democracy.
“There was no time I was invited either verbally or in writing by the Nigeria Police for any reason whatsoever. Why the said declaration? I have useful addresses where such invitations could have been directed. It is after such invitation has been dishonoured can an order for my arrest be employed.
Where the arrest is resisted can the Police then go ahead to declare me wanted. I am available to answer any question from the Police anytime if I am invited not when I am declared wanted as if I am a felon. A simple SMS, telephone call or letter is enough to make me honour the Police invitation for questioning. I, therefore, state with humility that the action of the Nigeria Police to have declared me wanted is definitely shrouded in some motives beyond the ordinary responsibilities of the force.
I’m not a criminal: “I am not a criminal to be declared wanted just like that. If by virtue of the fact that I and members of my Task Force team have served our fatherland as gallant officers of the various security organizations we represent has made us criminals thus, declaring me as the head wanted, especially after securing the conviction of the first of the pension thieves we had caused to be investigated, prosecuted and got sentenced, then, God should save Nigeria.
The convict, Mr. John Yakubu Yusufu, who worked in the Police Pension Office and helped in denying about 4,000 policemen of their rights after a meritorious service to our fatherland and who was a key informant to the Senate Committee of pension which has a mission to persecute us in the PRTT, remains a minor case in the face of the fresh revelations we have almost concluded.
People jittering of our discoveries: “Are the people who are aware of the fresh investigation which will surely shock the nation beyond the marrows getting jittery? Yes, many of them are in various positions of authority, they are in the know that we had opened these investigations.
The first conviction may have sent jitters down their spine. Are they forcing the Police to use its extant powers of arrest to help the pension thieves silence us in the PRTT? Or achieve the assassination of my person which failed twice? Or poison me while they have me in their care? As it is, it is obvious that it is a great crime to believe in and serve this great nation with one’s complete fervor, energies and patriotic zeal.
“The order of Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that we should undertake the reform of the other pension offices in the land will remain our guiding principles. We shall remain undaunted.