The Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday commenced the processes to extradite the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Naina who was arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic.
It was earlier reported that he was apprehended due to joint efforts of Nigeria security agencies and their Nigerien counterparts.
Maina is still in a detention facility in Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed that police are perfecting the paperwork for the repatriation of Maina from Niger.
Maina had escaped from the country in a bid to escape justice for allegedly stealing N2 billion.
He is being prosecuted on 12 counts of money laundering to the tune of N2 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
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.
The court, however, granted bail to the Borno South Senator, last Friday.
The police in their statement titled, ‘Abdulrashid Maina to be extradited to Nigeria soon,’ said, “Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigeria Police Force is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him.”
“Maina, who was declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction, was arrested on 30th November 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterparts.”
The force assured that “there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed.”