Maina has not travelled since 2013 –Immigration boss
Former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdurasheed Maina, has three passports which he used to enter and leave Nigeria at will, the Nigeria Immigration Service said on Thursday.
The Service, however, said its records showed that the ex-pension boss has not travelled out of the country since 2013.
Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mohammed Babandede, disclosed this on Thursday when he appeared before a House of Representatives panel on how Maina was reinstated into the civil service after he was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for pension fraud.
Babandede said Maina used to have an official passport, which had expired but not renewed; an ordinary valid passport and an American passport.
He said, “We got to know about Maina on September 27, 2013 when he was going out of the country through the MMIA.
“He has three passports. The first one was an official one, expired not renewed. His current passport is valid till 2018. He also has a valid US passport to expire 26 August 2020.
“During our checks, we discovered that Maina has travelled many times. He was stopped because of an EFCC letter.
“In December 2015, we received a letter from the EFCC to remove his name from the ‘stop list.’ But after the President’s directive, we blocked his name on the passport.
“So, according to our records, he hasn’t been travelling since 2013.” Punch