The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) yesterday said allegation that it diverted 222 properties recovered by the Abdurasheed Maina team was not true.
A statement from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said, “This sweeping allegation, coming from a Senate Committee is disturbing more so as no attempt was made to verify the information from the Commission.”
He said,”The EFCC was never invited by the committee and given the opportunity to educate it on the status of assets seized from suspected pension thieves; yet the committee was comfortable to scandalize the EFCC with the public disclosure of unverified claims by unknown interests.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there are no 222 properties anywhere that were shared by anybody. The EFCC did not receive a single property from Abdulrasheed Maina. All the pension fraud assets that are in the recovered assets inventory of the commission were products of independent investigation by the EFCC, for which Maina and his cohorts had no clues.”
“If Maina or any government official witnessed the sharing of any recovered pension assets by any official of the EFCC, they should be willing to name the official, the assets involved; when and where the ‘sharing’ took place,” he said.
He further said, “As far as the EFCC is concerned, there is no controversy regarding the status of assets recovered from suspected pension thieves. The records of all the recovered assets from both the Police Pension and the Pension Office of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as well as their current status are intact, and have been communicated to the relevant organs of government.”