About 222 houses, hotels and other properties recovered by the Pension Reforms Task Team headed by Abdulrasheed Maina, were shared between officials of the EFCC, ICPC and DSS.
This is according to Emmanuel Paulker, Chairman of the Senate’s ad hoc committee investigating Maina’s controversial recall and promotion in the civil service, ICIR reports.
Paulker made this known during Thursday’s senate plenary, saying that the revelation came up in the course of the committee’s investigation.
“The Senate notes that the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms headed by Maina, in the course of discharging its mandate, recovered about 222 houses, hotels, investment portfolios and properties from pension fund suspects in Abuja and other major cities across the country,” Paulker said.
“The Senate equally notes that before Maina left, the pension reform task team recovered assets from alleged pension looters, working with the EFCC, ICPC, DSS, police and paramilitary agencies who executed the recoveries and thereafter, the EFCC took over custody of the recovered assets.
“The Senate further observed that the EFCC, as a member of the Maina-led pension tax force team, had the statutory powers to impound and take custody of assets.
“The Senate is alarmed that the total recovered assets from alleged pension thieves are reported to be allegedly shared by some interest groups.
“The Senate further notes that this revelation emerged during the current investigation by the ad hoc committee on the reinstatement of Maina and the committee equally received a petition on the recovered properties by the task force.”
Paulker said that the scope of the investigation should be expanded to accommodate the properties that were recovered by Maina’s committee.
He also wants the committee to be given more time to execute a more thorough investigation.