Abuja — The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, yesterday told senators that he would handsomely reward anyone who could give a clue about the fleeing chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.
Abubakar, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs was told to engage the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to help track Maina down wherever he may be hiding abroad.
The IG, who told the senators that he was handicapped by the delay in the signing of the 2013 budget to be able to place a handsome reward for whoever apprehends Maina, assured that the force would deploy every available means to arrest him.
Giving a timeline of the hunt for Maina in compliance with Senate's directive contained in a warrant of arrest, the IG told the senators that he withdrew the police from Maina immediately the senate issued the warrant of arrest and since then, the man absconded and has not been seen.
He, however, explained that the force was yet to scan the immigration to determine, which country Maina ran to, because all the processes must be procedural. That notwithstanding, he said, the police would soon declare him wanted through the involvement of the INTERPOL.
According to him, the police team trailing Maina had extended its dragnet to Biu, Borno State; the home town of the subject on January 31, 2013 in search of him.
"At about the same day, the team arrived the family house of Maina in the heart of the town. Two elderly persons in the compound informed the Team that subject had not visited them for long. Further inquiry revealed that subject has a home in Kaduna State and the Team immediately proceeded to the state on February 2, 2013 in search of him, but with no success.
Having established that subject was in hiding, the Force vide letter No. CZ: 5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/V.4 of February 1, declared Maina wanted for failure to appear before the National Assembly," he added.
The IG assured the senators that with every sense of responsibility, the importance of arresting Maina to face the Senate and answer vital questions is not lost on the force and the team of detectives and other discreet arrangements towards achieving that purpose.
Abubakar was summoned by the senate to come and explain his failure to execute the arrest warrant on Maina.