Operatives of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency and the Niger Republic Intelligence Service have arrested a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina in Niger Republic.
The Commissioner of Police, Interpol National Bureau, Garba Umar, confirmed Maina’s arrest to journalists on Monday.
Sources also confirmed that Maina was arrested on Monday evening somewhere in the Niger Republic and would be brought into Nigeria on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Maina, who is being prosecuted on 12 counts of money laundering to the tune of N2bn by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, jumped bail, forcing the trial judge, Justice Abang Okon, to issue a warrant for his arrest.
He was said to have stopped attending his trial since September 29, 2020, prompting Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the remand of his surety, Senator Ali Ndume who has since been granted bail last Friday.
The EFCC had earlier informed the court that it had sought the assistance of the United States and Niger Republic for the arrest of Maina.
The EFCC has not commented on the issue as the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for comment on the issue.