Minister of Interior reveals those responsible for Maina's reinstatement despite corruption allegations
- Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has reacted to allegations that Abdulrasheed Maina has been reinstated
- The minister denied responsibility for the recall and instead pointed fingers at another sector of government
- Mr Maina's recall has led to a lot of outrage from Nigerians with many saying the fight on corruption is one-sided
The alleged reinstatement of the controversial chairman of the defunct presidential task force on pension reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, has led to widespread outrage.
According to an earlier report there was an allegation that Maina was secretly recalled to the service and promoted to head a directorate in the Interior ministry.
Responding to the allegations, Mr Dambazau, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior in a statement released by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, confirmed that Mr Maina is now in charge of the Human Resources Department of the ministry.
According to Premium Times, he however denied responsibility for Mr. Maina’s recall to the service. He said: “Maina was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading the human resources department in the ministry."
According to Dambazau, the recall was the fault of the office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).
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He said they were the bodies responsible for “issues relating to discipline, employment, re-engagement, posting, promotion and retirements of federal civil servants.”
The statement also said: “It is understood that Maina’s last posting was with the Ministry of Interior, and that is probably why he was re-posted back to the ministry."
In 2012, Maina was accused of leading a massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion. Based on the allegation, he was invited by the Senate Joint Committee on Public Service and Establishment and State and Local Government Administration.
The Senate after completion of its investigation issued a warrant of arrest against Mr Maina.
Ignoring the panel, he sued the Senate and the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and thereafter went into hiding after being declared wanted by the police.
Subsequently, he was dismissed by the Head of Service for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest and charged to court.
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Mr Maina is said to have spent these past years in the United Arab Emirates. NAIJ.com earlier reported that that the EFCC has begun a manhunt for Maina.
The EFCC's move is as a result of media reports on Friday, October 20, which indicated that Maina had been secretly reinstated to the civil service, with promotion, despite being wanted for alleged corruption.
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