Saturday, 16 December, 2017

#MainaGate : Interior Ministry Perm. Sec. takes responsibility for Maina's recall

Maina: Why ex-Pension Chairman has not been arrested – DSS DG, Daura Hold Me Responsible For Maina's Reinstatement, Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Interior Tells Committee
Ben Pena | 01 December, 2017, 16:32

Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said Ministry of Interior acted without her approval to reinstate Abdulrasheed Maina, the former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform.

"From our records, Maina last received salary from the Federal Government in February 2013".

Counsel to Maina, Mr Muhammadu Kuta, had while before the committee on November 23 claimed that his client received salary up to October, 2017. "Let evidence be provided".

The minister made this disclosure in Abuja during her appearance before the House of Representatives' ad hoc committee investigating the disappearance, re-appearance, re-instatement and promotion of Maina, according to a statement by Adeosun's special adviser, Media and Communication, Oluyinka Akintunde.

Mrs. Adeosun told the panel that from the records of the ministry, there was no trace of any payment of salary to Maina after he was disengaged from service in 2013. He was removed from our payroll in March, 2013. Part of the terms of the agreement was that he will drop a N2.1 billion judgment cost against the federal government while the latter will reinstate him into the service.

THEWILL recalls that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami and the Interior Minister, Lt.

He said: "With respect to salary, from my records, I'm saying this categorically that Maina received the last salary in February, 2013".

Mr. Magu, while listing out properties belonging to Mr. Maina, claimed that the EFCC's knowledge of the said properties was obtained by the commission, stressing that Mr. Maina has not returned any asset.

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Magusaid all proceeds of fraud ever recovered by the commission are products of independent investigation.

Speaking at an investigative hearing by the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee, Babandede also revealed that Maina has three passports and dual citizenship of Nigeria and the United States of America. But the acting EFCC boss said he had never seen that letter all his life.

"I am the permanent secretary, head of administration and I take responsibility for any administrative wrongdoing that Ministry of Interior has done, " Magaji said.

"I challenge anyone who has documents showing that Maina was reinstated and assigned an office in the Ministry of Interior to show it".

He says he was not in office when the process of Maina's reinstatement began.

The HoS, who made the declaration, also said the Ministry of Interior acted on an advance copy sent to the Federal Civil Service Commission, which was for information objective.

Abubakar Malami defends that he did not take immediate action on the said letter because there were certain issues revolving around it which he needed time to review.

Magaji stated that, following the meeting, the HoS was directed to take "further necessary action". He said his reservations didn't allow him sign off on the final copy.

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