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Alleged Fraud: Maina’s sister denies ownership of bank accounts used for ‘fraudulent’ transactions

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Fatima Abdullahi, the sister of the ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday that she was not aware of the companies and bank accounts opened in her name by the defendant.

Fatima, who told Justice Okon Abang that she shared the same parents with the defendant, said she became aware of the companies when she was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives in Kaduna.

According to her “Sometimes in August 2019, I went to the ATM of Diamond Access Bank to withdraw some money.

“Unfortunately, I could not. So, I went inside the bank to see the manager, complaint. The manager told me to hold on, that he would find out the reason.

“After waiting for an hour, the manager told me that I was under arrest and he took me to an office and asked me to wait for the EFCC officials to come and take me to their office in Kaduna.

“That was when the manager told me that my accounts were blocked.

“So when the EFCC official came, they took me to their office for questioning. When we got there, the officials were asking me if I know any company by the name Common Input, to which I told them I do not.

“In fact, that was the first time I was hearing about the name.

“They told me that there was a transaction in Common Input and I told them I am not aware of the transaction. So, they made me write a statement.

“Afterwards, I was given an administrative bail on the same day and that I should proceed to the EFCC office in Abuja the next day.

“The next day, I went to the Abuja office of EFCC, together with my lawyer. The officials also asked me if I know any company by the name Common Input, to which I say I do not.

“So, they presented a CAC incorporated form of the company where the name Fatima Samaila Abdullahi was stated together with my date of birth but the phone number on the form is not my own.”

The witness told the court that “even the name stated on the form is not her name”.

“Even the name as stated on the form is not my name because my full name is Fatima Abdullahi,” she said.

Mrs Abdullahi also told the court that her signature was neither the one on the form nor the one on another CAC incorporated forms for Kangolo Dynamic Clinic Services and Drew Investment.

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