A star witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Mairo Bashir, on Wednesday, told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that she opened 12 bank accounts for the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina and his family members.
Bashir, who identified herself as a Business Manager at the Maitama branch of the United Bank for Africa, UBA, in Abuja, told the court that the former pension boss deposited N3billion with the bank in 2011, saying the money was transferred from Police Pension Funds.
However, the witness who was led in evidence by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, informed the court that the N3bn was later transferred to the Single Treasury Account in 2012.
Mrs. Bashir appeared as the first prosecution witness, PW-1, in the criminal case the anti-graft agency filed against Maina’s son, Faisal.
Testifying before trial Justice Okon Abang, the PW-1, said her scope of duties included sourcing of deposits from both commercial and individual customers, as well as opening and re-activation of accounts.
Asked if she could identify Maina’s son who was in the dock, the witness said: “Yes my lord. I know the defendant, his name is Faisal Maina. He is the son of Abdurasheed Maina who is the younger brother to my late husband, Bashir Abdulahi Maina”.
The witness further admitted that she was the one that opened accounts for Maina’s two farms.
“I know the business name, Alhaji Faisal Abdullahi Farms. I approached Abdulrasheed Maina sometimes in 2011 to solicit for deposit.
“Abdulrasheed Maina then gave the bank a deposit of N3bn from the Police Pension Funds. In 2012, the N3bn was moved to the Single Treasury Account.
“Subsequently I approached him for more deposit and I was able to open 12 accounts for him and members of his family, among which was Faisal Abdullahi Farms 2”, Mrs. Bashir stated.