Abdulrasheed Maina has disappeared into thin air again. Who can help with his location?
Yeah, we really are that generous.
On October 23, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari terminated Maina’s appointment as Assistant Director in the ministry of Interior; after it was discovered that the man who allegedly defrauded civil servants of billions of naira back in 2013 and disappeared into thin air when he was declared wanted by law enforcement, had been reinstated.
Various top government officials and political party talking heads, took turns to trade blames over Maina’s reinstatement.
And then, Maina vanished again. Into thin air. The way only Maina could.
There are reports that Maina has again fled to the UAE or Saudi Arabia, depending on who's relaying the tale of the one man no one can arrest.
On October 27, 2017, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu told the world that the International Police (INTERPOL) is on Maina’s trail.
“In fact, the INTERPOL just put Maina on their wanted list now. A fresh warrant has been issued for his re-arrest”, Shehu assured.
However, there are fresh indications that Shehu’s INTERPOL claim may not be entirely correct.
Punch quotes a highly-placed source within INTERPOL as saying “the INTERPOL General Secretariat has not received any request from either the EFCC or DSS to arrest Maina. So, as far as we are concerned, Maina is not a fugitive.”
The story adds that the Nigerian bureau of INTERPOL is yet to receive a formal request to place Maina on the agency’s wanted list.
A national investigative agency has to formally write the INTERPOL, showing cause why someone has to be labelled a fugitive “and tendering a warrant of arrest issued for his arrest by any law enforcement agency and the court within the jurisdiction where the said offence was committed”.
There are reports that Nigeria is yet to comply with INTERPOL’s procedures for declaring one a fugitive.
Pundits have also wondered why Maina keeps slipping through the labyrinth of security networks put in place by the police, EFCC, DSS and INTERPOL put together.
Someone says Maina may just be a super or spider man.
“But again, and just as in 2013 in Abuja—and like former Delta State Governor James Ibori several years ago on his way into the hands of the British in Dubai—Maina skipped through Nigeria’s ramshackle and compromised security apparatuses, and disappeared.
“In other words: given the profile of his return to Nigeria, he was swiftly evacuated by the same powerful forces to the safety of a foreign safe house where he can again live in luxury at Nigeria’s expense, and travel the world”, writes Sonala Olumhense, a renown syndicated columnist.