A Civil Society Group, Coalition for Justice and National Rebirth, has called on the media to be objective in its reportage, in the ongoing trial of the Former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reforms Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
In a statement issued by the Group’s Coordinator, Comrade Shehu Abdullahi, says, the media has been misinformed and there was a need to clarify certain factual errors surrounding the case.
It states that, Maina and his task team did not only help the government to recover 1.6 trillion naira worth of assets and cash, but also gave out intelligence that led to the recovery of another 1.3trillion as confirmed by the Minister of Justice, Malami to the 9th Assembly.
The statement however says Maina is yet to be paid the entitled 5% of the amount based on the whistle blower policy.
It noted that the media trial against his name despite the achievements recorded while in office, is unjustly perpetuated as Maina remains innocent until proven otherwise.
Maina is alleged to have abused his position as chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team and facing a 12-count charge, bordering on operating fictitious accounts, fraud and money laundering, before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja.