Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, has exposed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission how his father developed savings account for a farm without owning one and how the account was used to syphon countless naira.
Faisal, who is being charged over claims of scams to the tune of N58m and for running accounts that were used as avenues for prohibited deals, likewise described how he averted arrest and tried to contend operatives of the EFCC.
In a confessional statement of Faisal individually acquired by SaharaReporters, he admitted that he runs two accounts in the name of Faisal Farm 1 and Faisal Farm 2 even though his father and don’t run a farm company.
It was observed that in his statement to the commission gathered in the existence of his attorney, the majority of his responses were neither in the affirmative or rejection as he chose to utilise “I do not recall” when addressing concerns connected to checking account and business that had his name on the documents.
Faisal exposed that he was noted as the investor of some business accounts coming from his father, Maina.
He stated he registered Faisal Farms and he and his father are the two signatories to the accounts domiciled with the United Bank for Africa.
He stated, “I registered the business and the business has been inactive for as long as I can keep in mind.
“The business, Faisal Farms, has a business account at United Bank for Africa.
“The business, Faisal Farms, has two signatories, who are my father and the company, I have two accounts, which are Faisal Farms 1 and Faisal Farms 2. Faisal Farm does not have a farm actually
“I have made withdrawals and deposits into the account, and my moms and dads have likewise moneyed the account as the account is simply an individual account as it does not have a farm.”
He, nevertheless, rejected operating, owning or being a signatory to any other accounts opened in his name.
He included, “I was asked if I am a director or investor of any other business apart from Faisal Farm and my response is that I am not and I do not remember belonging to any other company.
“I was asked if I own an account in Fidelity Bank and my response is that I am not. I have an account in Zenith Bank.
“I was asked if I have an account in First Bank and I do not remember. I was asked if I have in Keystone Bank, and I do not remember.”
He was explaining among the circumstances he conserved funds into Faisal Farms account. He stated that he transformed dollar to naira before turning over to his father for deposit.
He stated, “I transfer an overall of around $8,000, which I transformed into naira before providing my father and informing him that I desired those presents of cash that I got to be transferred into the Faisal Farms represent the function of conserving."
During another session of questioning by the commission, Faisal recognised a business that had his name, brother or sisters and mom as directors.
He mentioned, “I have revealed another business, which I recognise with specifically Spotless and Flawless International Ltd. And I become part of the directors of this business, and I recognise with the other directors noted on this business and the other directors are all my brother or sisters, including my mom.”
Explaining to the commission how he remained in the ownership of a weapon, he stated he saw it in his cars and truck.
He stated, “To run for my life, I then started to drive and locked my cars and truck from within.
“The soldiers started to contend my cars and truck to kill or control me; however, they weren’t ef effective as the automobile I was driving was armoured.
“I saw the weapon by the hole beside the motorist’s seat, I selected it up, dropped it and later on selected it approximately go outside, which I then put the weapon in my pocket as numerous officers were setting located and intended to contend me.”
Faisal and his father, Maina were jailed in September 2019 by a joint operation of the State Security Service and the EFCC.
They were formally turned over to the EFCC for additional examination and prosecution.
Maina, who had been on the desired list of the EFCC for the previous four years for N2.1bn pension scams, was captured by DSS operatives in Utako, Abuja, quickly after getting in the nation from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he had been concealing.
Maina, sources stated, had remained in the nation because June 2019 however handled to avert arrest for lots of months till he was ultimately captured.
Both are dealing with the trial on different however comparable charges of cash laundering and running fictitious savings account.
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