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Maina’s sister, Nafisat Aliyu, disowns bank account linked to ex-Pension Reform chair

 Mrs Nafisat Aliyu, younger sister to Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team, on Wednesday, disowned a bank account opened in her name before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the account number: 4510002792, in one of the commercial banks in the country, is linked to Maina who is currently facing a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering.
NAN reports that the EFCC had, on Oct. 25, 2019 charged Maina and his son, Faisal, before the court alongside his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd.
Although, Faisal was charged on three counts bordering on money laundering, both the father and the son pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the EFCC Counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that he was ready to present the fourth prosecution witness (PW4) to testify in the trial.
The witness, Nafisat, told the court that she was unaware of how the account was opened.
Narrating, she said one Toyin Meseke, a staff of the new generation bank, was a tenant in their family house in Karu, Abuja, and also a friend to her younger brother, Khalid.
“They used to come to my house to eat then,” she said.
She said Toyin came to her house some years back and asked for her utility bill, and that about three to four years after, she started receiving alerts.
She said she confronted him and asked him why she was getting alerts from the bank.
“I threatened to go to his office to create scene if he does not do something.
“And he apologised saying he would do something about it.
“It did not occur to me that without my number, Toyin could still make any transaction.
“It was later on that my sister, Fatima was arrested by the EFCC in Kaduna.
“With this development, I drove myself to the EFCC office, because I was told that the EFCC would definitely come for me.
“So, I sat back and narrated the same story to them when they asked me If I knew anything about the account,” she said.
Nafisa, who said her address, phone number and signature were false in the account opening form, added that only her international passport and photograph were genuine.
Nafisat,  a civil servant, said the occupation in the account opening form was import and export.
The EFCC lawyer, Abubakar, told the court that on Jan. 21, 2011, there was a transaction of N12.4 million in the account.
Abubakar, who said that there was another credit alert of N9. 943 million on Sept. 21, 2011, said on Feb. 1, 2012, there was a transfer of about N2.31 million from the account to Abdulrasheed Maina.
However, Nafisat denied knowledge of the transactions.
“My name is there in the account, but I don’t know anything about it. I did not deposit such amount there, and I did not know anything about the transactions,” she said.
The witness, who told the court that she did not mean to tarnish Maina’s image, said Maina is one of her favourite brothers, as they are from the same father and mother.
“I am not here in any way to tarnish my brother’s image. I just found myself in a situation that nobody ever wishes to be,” she told the court.
Justice Abang, after cross examination by counsel to the defendants, adjourned till Jan. 16 for trial continuation. (NAN)
Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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