Security agencies have been unable to locate a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is standing a trial on 12 counts of N2bn fraud and money laundering.
Maina was reported to have gone underground, and also said to have cut off contact with all his associates and friends.
It was gathered that Maina had missed over 10 scheduled trial sessions since September and had also been incommunicado to his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South.
Though it could not be ascertain if he had fled the country and which might cause serious problems for Ndume, it was learnt this had put Ndume in a panic and confusion following fears that the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, might order his detention over the failure of the defendant to show up in court.
During the last court session on October 18, the judge handed down a 21-day ultimatum to the lawmaker to produce Maina.
Ndume, in fears of being detained, solicited the help of the Department of State Services and the police to track down the accused, but so far, the security agencies had been unable to locate Maina.
A security source said, “Tracking down Maina has been difficult because he has remained incommunicado and attempts to track his calls and locate his whereabouts have been unsuccessful as he keeps changing his phone numbers. Nobody knows if he was still in the country or if he had crossed the borders and fled justice"