The Nigeria Police have commenced the extradition process for fugitive former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrashid Maina, who was arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic, on Monday.
The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the police are perfecting the paperwork for his repatriation from Niger.
Maina had fled in a bid to escape justice for allegedly stealing N2 billion.
He was apprehended through the joint efforts of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Abuja, and their Nigerien counterparts.
Mr. Maina would soon be brought back to the country to continue with his ongoing trial, the statement said.
The statement read, “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 former Ministry of Interior director is standing trial for money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.
He had jumped bail forcing the trial judge, Justice Abang Okon, to issue an arrest warrant against him.