Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court Abuja, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of 23 properties allegedly linked to the embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Justice Giwa-Ogunbanjo gave the order today Tuesday October 22nd in a ruling on an ex-parte motion for interim forfeiture filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Giwa-Ogunbanjo ordered the EFCC to publish the order in The Nation newspapers to enable interested parties show cause why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
Recall that the Federal civil service commission had dismissed Maina in 2013 for absconding from duty following a recommendation by the office of the Head of Service. He was accused of being involved in pension fraud running into over N100 billion. After an investigation by the senate joint committee on public service establishment, a warrant of arrest was issued against him.
Subsequently, the police declared him wanted and he went into hiding.
However, in 2017, he returned to the country under controversial circumstances and was reinstated as a director in the ministry of interior.