THE police handling of Abdulrasheed Maina, the embattled chairman of Pension Reforms Task Team, PRTT, since he was declared wanted over his refusal to honour the National Assembly invitation has continued to generate a lot of mixed reactions among Nigerians. Some believe that the police knew the whereabouts of Maina, while others said police has performed its statutory function by declaring him wanted. Below are what Nigerians think over police approach in handling the case.
Juliet Okonkwo, Banker: The police know where Maina is. They are protecting him. There are policemen attached to him and the police are telling Nigerians that they don’t know his whereabouts. Why didn’t they instruct those policemen to arrest him? Or did those policemen assign themselves to Maina without the knowledge of the police force? I believe that the Inspector General of Police has questions to answer concerning the handling of Maina’s case.
Chukwuma Ejigionu, Civil Servant: The issue of Maina should be tackled once and for all. Now the Senate has succeeded in projecting the police as the cause of the man running away. No, I don’t think so because there are strong powers in the government that are protecting Maina. I believe that those set of people also benefited from his fraudulent activities.
Alumona Ozoemena, Civil Servant: The police know what they were doing. They refused to arrest Maina intentionally. Maina said that he was not running away and the police know his house in Abuja. Why didn’t they go there to arrest him if they were serious?
Tansimaria Kwaghtagher, Businessman: The police helped Maina to run away. They refused to perform their duties, even Maina said that the police know his house. Why didn’t police arrest him after that comment? Has he given the police some of the money he stole from their treasury? The police are the problem of this country. Now they want to give money to anybody that provides information on Maina’s whereabouts. The corruption continues.
Audu Ali, Teacher: The Nigeria police are never sincere in their handling of criminal matters and the Maina case is just one of them. How can the police declare Maina wanted and make us believe that he is wanted when you have police and men of the SSS all as his personal guards?
Simon Okechukwu, Social Commentator:Well, I don’t see anything wrong in the way police handled the case. The National Assembly gave police an order to arrest Maina and the same police helped Maina to travel out of the country. What do you expect the police to do in this matter, are the police the immigration officials who monitor the airports? Our top government officials should tell Nigerians the whereabouts of Maina.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Mar. 11, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT