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Maina’s son used UBA account for illegal transactions–EFCC

Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina (l) and Son, Faisal

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Mr. Mohammed Goji, a detective superintendent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told the Federal High Court, in Abuja, FCT, Monday, December 16, 2019, how Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, purportedly withdrew N58million from an account with the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Plc.

According to the EFCC, Faisal was accused of fraud for operating accounts that were used as conduits for illegal transactions.

Maina (Faisal’s father), who was a former pension boss, The Punch also reports, is standing trial before the same judge, Justice Okon Abang, for alleged money laundering.

Goji, who is the principal detective superintendent with the anti-graft agency, confirmed he was a member of the EFCC team that investigated the alleged offences of which the defendant was accused.

Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, the witness, told Justice Okon Abang, that Faisal was born on June 2, 1993, making him 26 years old, contrary to reports that he was 20.

Mr. Abubakar told the judge the defendant withdrew the total amount of N58, 101, 585.02 from the UBA Account No: 1018636805 bearing the name, Alhaji Abdullahi Faisal Farm, which belonged to his father.

He said, “From Exhibit B, there were a number of withdrawals by the defendant (Faisal).

“The sum of N700, 000 was withdrawn on June 18, 2019; N300, 000 was withdrawn on July 9, 2019, and again, N150, 000 was also withdrawn.

“From Exhibit B, the total withdrawal in Alhaji Abdullahi Faisal Farms II is N58, 101, 585. 02.”

He said Faisal was a co-signatory to Alhaji Faisal Abdullahi Farm.

The witness also listed some companies in which Faisal is said to be a shareholder to include Cruise City Limited, with the defendant allegedly having 500, 000 Ordinary Shares.

Goji also told Justice Abang that based on Exhibit D58A, Faisal wrote his father’s name as Maina Abdullahi in the asset declaration form which he completed and submitted to the EFCC.

He also said Faisal wrote a statement to the EFCC about three or four times. The statements were tendered by the prosecuting counsel.

There was no objection by the defence lawyer, Mohammed Monguno, before the matter was adjourned till another day.

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