Many Lies About Maina’s Reinstatement
Nigeria News take a look at the complicity that surrounds the reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina and his consequent sack.
Now that President Muhammadu Buhari has acted on the advice of the Chairman, Presidential Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay by sacking Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, there is a need for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to act now.
One would not expect EFCC to wait for a directive from the president before arresting Maina. The EFCC had declared Maina wanted over the allegation of N2 billion fraud.
Until he sneaked into the country last week, nobody could disclose the whereabouts of Maina whom according to the investigation was to report to EFCC first before any other thing.
However, the wanted man did not only come back, he was reinstated into the civil service as the Acting Director of the Department of Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior.
In an administration that is fighting corruption, the return of Maina easily became another big issue that must not be swept under the carpet.
Shortly after it was reported by an online medium that a wanted Maina had resumed work, Sagay and another senior lawyer, Mr Femi Falana called on Buhari to do the needful by quickly order the arrest of the former boss of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.
In less than 24 hours of their calls, Mr Buhari acted. In a memo to the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred E. Oyo-Ita, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina.
Before Buhari gave the order, his Special Assistant on Prosecution Okoi Obono-Obla has said that the wanted Abdulrasheed Maina, has not been found guilty of any offence.
Obono-Obla said this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
But on Monday, Buhari sacked Maina and equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.
The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, October 23, 2017.
Sagay had urged Buhari to defend the integrity of his administration by not just arresting Maina but also prosecuting the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau and the head of service of the federation for covering up a corruption crime.
Earlier, Dambazau had absolved himself from the complicity that surrounded the reinstatement of Maina, adding that the wanted man was deployed by the head of service to his ministry.
Dambazau said that all the processes of reinstatement and deployment were handled by the office of the Head of Service and that he knew nothing about it.
He stated that perhaps Maina was deployed to his ministry because that was his last posting before he was declared wanted by the EFCC.
However, the Head of Service, Oyo-Ita had denied deploying Maina to the Ministry of Interior, adding that she was never involved in the complicity that reinstated the man.
She said that Dambazau had lied against her and the office of the HOS.
As it is, the EFCC is expected to arrest Maina and set his prosecution in motion since he was alleged to have involved in the N2 billion pension scam.