‘I Helped Maina Open A Fake Account’- Khalid Aliyu

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As the trial against the former Chairman of the then Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, continues, another of his siblings, Khalid Aliyu, has testified against him in Court.

This will make Khalid the third sibling of Maina to testify against him in his ongoing N2bn fraud trial.

Read also: Maina gives up 23 of his properties ahead of his indictment 

Two of his siblings, Mrs Fatima Abdullahi and Nafisat Aliyu, had earlier testified against him. While Fatima testified on December 12, 2019, Nafisat testified on Wednesday.

Nasfisat revealed to the Court on Wednesday how it took her three to four years to realise that her name was used to open a bank account that she had no knowledge of.

Khalid, a former banker, testified as the fifth prosecution witness on Thursday.

He told Justice Okon Abang that he was the one who assisted Maina to open an account in their sister’s name without her knowledge.

Khalid said: “At some points, my brother, Abdulrasheed Maina, requested my colleague, Toyin Meseke, and me to open a savings account for my sister, Nafisat Aliyu, although she was not aware of the transaction.

“We proceeded to her house at Wuse 2, Abuja, at the time, to collect the utility bill as part of the requirements to open an account.

“Toyin collected her utility bill but she was not aware that it was for account opening.

“Later, Toyin Meseke collected the copy of her passport from my brother, Abdulrasheed Maina, to complete the account opening.

“She was supposed to accompany our mother to the hospital and her passport and my mother’s were with my brother for visa processing.

“Oluwatoyin Meseke completed the account opening form and the account began transactions.

 “Later on, my sister, Nafisat Aliyu, complained to me that she was receiving debit alerts on her phone.

“I asked to see the alerts. She showed me and I advised her to meet my colleague, Toyin Meseke, in order to have her details excluded from the account.

“Basically, Toyin Meseke was the one handling and managing the account. So, he is aware of most of inflows and outflows on the account.

“Although, the account, after being opened by Toyin, was placed under my balance sheet in order to boost my balance.”

Khalid also went on to disclose that he assisted Maina in opening  an account in the name of one Cluster Logistics.

He explained that the firm, Cluster Logistics, was jointly owned by him and his friend, Sani Musa, but he allowed Maina to use the firm’s account for an “official exercise.”

Justice Abang adjourned the case to today, Friday for continuation of cross-examination.

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