Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pensions Commission, has been the subject of controversy over the Federal High Court in Abuja.
They said the sentence of only eight years was too little for a man who committed the crime of embezzling public funds.
Maina was sentenced to eight years in prison by Justice Okong Abang after being found guilty of stealing more than 2 billion Naira from pensioners.
Following the eight-year sentence handed down by a Federal High Court in Abuja to former Pensions Commissioner Abdulrasheed Maina for theft, many Nigerians have spoken out.
Judge Okong Abang ruled that Maina was guilty of embezzling more than 2 billion naira from pensioners “many of whom died and did not recover,” Premium Times reported.
However, many Nigerians are not happy with the verdict because they think Maina’s sentence is too small. According to some, those convicted of embezzlement should be sentenced to life in prison.
Mohammed Ibrahim responds: “A man can steal N2 Billion but only eight years imprisonment !! “But the question here is will he get the money back?”
Khaleepha Khalee said: “It is ridiculous for a pagan to bind a Muslim and show him that he does not fear God.”
Saddiquh Isah said: “Anyone caught embezzling money from the poor should be sent to life in prison”
Auwerl Abdulmumin said: “Insha Allahu he will not be defeated by the world … And the rights of the people will not let him lie in the grave”
Benedict Murphy said: “Only eight years? The one who gave # 1000 or one measure of corn, how many hours will he spend in the prison?”
Faisal Maina’s bail was revoked by a court and now he is to be arrested
In a separate development, the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the son of former pension board chairman Abdulrasheed Maina, Faisal, after he failed to appear in court to continue his trial on charges of fraud and embezzlement.
Judge Okon Abang ordered security forces to arrest Faisal wherever they saw him. The court summoned a member of parliament representing Kaura-Namoda constituency, Umar Galadima, to appear before it on Wednesday.