Senate Committees on States and Local Government Administration, and Establishment and Public Service have directed relevant agencies to initiate legal proceedings against members of the Pension Task Team (PTT) over the missing N159 billion pension funds, while declaring the chairman, AbdulRasheed Maina wanted.
The Joint Committee Chairman, Senator Aloysius Etok said that all those involved in the N159 pension scam should be prosecuted. The committee however, extended an invitation to Maina, and threatened that if he failed to show up before the committee by 11:00am today, the panel would go ahead with a scheduled public hearing on the missing funds.
Also invited to appear before the committee were police pension office, prison and the pension office. Etok recalled how Maina elected to shun the committee’s investigation on pension funds but chose to take his defence to the media rather than the Senate. “After the submission of the report, the chairman of PTT organised several media meetings, claiming that Maina was not given fair hearing during the investigation. “We gave him (the) opportunity for fair hearing but he refused to appear before the committee until we issued a warrant of arrest.
“There is no law that states that if one is sued to court and he refuses to appear, the court will not go ahead to deliver judgement. “We went out of our way to issue warrant of arrest before he appeared before the committee. It was as a result of all these that we now decided to invite him again so that he could have fair hearing. “We want to give Maina the last chance and this committee, which represents the Senate of the Federal Republic, is saying that whosoever is behind Maina’s arrogance should know that his time is up, and the masses want him to account for his stewardship.
“He should appear before this committee at 11am tomorrow (today) without fail. If he doesn’t come, the committee will proceed to hold the public hearing and we will take presentations from prison, police and pension. We will get all the presentations and make up our case and tell the public what we discovered in the course of our investigations.”