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For Real? How N152m Was Paid Into Maina’s Secret Account

Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service (SSS), once made curious huge cash transfers into a bank account associated with the embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The uncovering of the payments, investigators say, suggests Mr. Maina and the security agency had been in an unholy relationship.

This is by Premium Times, following an earlier one about how Maina received security protection from operatives of Nigeria Police Force and the SSS who also allegedly provided a hideout for him.

Maina is on the run following moves by the EFCC to charge him to court for alleged N2b fraud.

Curiously, among deposits into a suspicious account were 3 payments made over a period of one year by no other than the SSS, under its preferred name of Department of State Services (DSS).

Bank documents show that the security outfit paid a total of over N152 million.

The first tranche of over N61m was paid on Nov. 16, 2011 and the last made on Nov. 14, 2012.

One of the deposits shows that it was made in the name of “DSS Pension Biometrics”.

It is unclear if Cluster Logistics offered any services to the SSS to warrant any payment.

The discovery of the account details, according to a source, “unsettled the SSS despite the EFCC’s effort at downplaying the matter in the spirit of inter-agency esprit de corp.

“Now that the case is being revisited it is important for the president to order forensic investigation into the SSS pension department,” he said.

Another EFCC official, who asked not to be named, said before the recent controversy over Maina’s matter, the commission was already preparing to arraign some of the bankers who aided the dismissed civil servant to allegedly launder billions.

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