The government of the West-African country of Niger has extradited a former top Nigerian official who had jumped bail and fled to the country’s capital Niamey. Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina, a powerful official who headed the Pension Reform Task Team was handed over to Nigerian authorities after a combined operation by Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and the Nigerien police led to his arrest on November 30, 2020.
Mr Maina was arrested in Niger after being declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction over a pending criminal trial against him.
The team from INTERPOL Nigeria, led by the Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, CP Garba Umar, having completed the necessary documentation requirements and other extradition processes, flew the wanted former Pension Boss, Maina into Nigeria aboard an NPF Jet 5N-HAR and landed at exactly 2:17 pm.
He will be interrogated before handing over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the Nigerian Correctional Service for remand in Kuje Custodial facility.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, while applauding the trans-national/inter-agency collaborations that led to the successful arrest and extradition of the wanted fugitive, assured that necessary legal actions will follow immediately.
Maina, a former director in the ministry of interior, who is being prosecuted on 12 counts of money laundering to the tune of N2 billion by the EFCC, had jumped bail forcing the trial judge, Justice Abang Okon to issue an arrest warrant against him.
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 penultimate Monday. A court granted bail to the Borno South Senator, last Friday.