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See the air-conditioned building where the “prisoner” AbdulRasheed Maina lives after his conviction for stealing N2b (photo)

We recall that on Monday, Judge Okon Abang of the Federal High Court of Maitama, Abuja, sentenced Maina.

An investigative report found that Abdulrasheed Maina, a former convicted head of the late Pension Reform Task Team, lives like a king inside an air-conditioned prison house.

See the full FIJ report below:

Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the late Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), may have been sentenced to eight years in prison for over N2 billion in pension fraud, but currently “lives like a king” and has never been in a jail cell. , The FIJ can report.

On Monday, Judge Okon Abang of the Maitama Federal High Court, Abuja, sentenced Maina to eight years in the Kuje Medium Security Prison, where he was detained, sentencing him and his company, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, on all 12 charges brought against them by the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC).

THE FULL PUNISHMENT OF MAINA

Maina was sentenced to several simultaneous prison terms ranging from three to eight years.

He was imprisoned for three years for Conte 1, five years for Conte 2, eight years for Conte 3, eight years for Conte 4, two years for Conte 5, five years for Conte 6.

He was incarcerated for eight years for Conte 7, three years for Conte 8, five years for Conte 9, eight years for Conte 10, three years for Conte 11 and three years for Conte 12.

Judge Abang has ordered that the terms of imprisonment run simultaneously starting October 25, 2019, the date on which he was arraigned, which means he will only serve the longest of all terms: eight years.

However, the FIJ can confirm that in those two years since October 2019, Maina has never slept in a prison cell.

‘LIVE LIKE A KING’

“Which Maina? Maina who has never seen a cell since he was admitted to the correctional facility in Kuje ” a prison source, who asked not to be named for fear of official victimization, told the FIJ.

The fully air-conditioned building in which Maina is housed, almost living like a free man.

He lived in the hospital within the facility; it’s more or less like a living room. He lives in one of the rooms in the hospital building, not in the hospital ward itself ”.

A second prison source, who also asked not to be named, said FIJ Maina was “living like a king” in prison, although some other high-profile prisoners, such as Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba state, and Farouk Lawan, a former member of the House of Representatives, are in fact in cells.

Nyame is serving a 12-year prison sentence for misappropriation of funds while he was governor of Taraba state from 1999 to 2007, while Lawan is serving a seven-year prison sentence for asking for a $ 3 million bribe and receiving $ 500,000. in two installments by a Femi Otedola businessman.

Maina’s abode is only two rooms to the left of this visible air-conditioned room “Maina is a northerner treated like a king. He lives large inside a well-appointed room in the hospital, ”the second source said.

“Farouk Lawan is also in his cell in Custody 4; Jolly Nyame is in Enclosure 3 downstairs. ”

The FIJ understands that Maina’s room is just two rooms to the left of the air-conditioned room pictured above. The FIJ contacted DSC Awiza, who until a few days ago was the chief warden of Kuje prison, but calls and a text message on his line were not answered.

NOT THE FIRST TIME

A Google map / aerial view of the facility showing the hospital building where Maina lives. The handing over of special privileges to the rich and powerful is a frequent occurrence in Nigerian prisons.

An undercover reporter investigation ‘Fisayo Soyombo revealed such privileges in Ikoyi Prison, not only to the powerful, but to any inmate willing to make a handsome payment in exchange for comfort.

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