Pension ‘fraud’: Reps summon Magu, Maina, Okonjo-Iweala, others

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja A House of Representatives panel has summoned former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, and former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, over alleged fraud.

The panel also summoned the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Central Bank Governor (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission and all members of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms. Others are the former Head of Civil Service, Steve Orosanye, and the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

They were invited over allegations of diversion of pension funds by the presidential task force on pension reforms from 2010. The affected individuals are expected to appear at the panel’s next sitting on Monday, to explain their roles in the alleged pension fund. Earlier, Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Administration Directorate (PTAD), Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, had told the panel that PTAD did not receive any document from the task force when it was established. According to her, “only the liabilities were handed over to the Directorate.”

Chairman of the Committee, Anayo Nnebe, said the committee’s work cannot be concluded without hearing from the parties involved. “We cannot conclude this investigation without hearing from the persons involved. We must bring all the culprits to book,” he said.

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