Maina is still receiving salary; he was not dismissed - Counsel stuns Reps with surprising revelation
- Mohammed Katu, the legal counsel to Abdulrasheed Maina, has informed House of Reps members, that his client is still receiving salaries and handled official files up till last month
- Katu further claimed that Maina was still in the employ of the Federal Civil Service, as he was actually not dismissed
- The counsel informed lawmakers that he was in possession of certain ‘things’ which he said would be submitted at the next hearing on the matter
The House of Representatives has been informed by Mohammed Katu, legal counsel for the embattled ex-chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, that despite reports of his dismissal from service, his client was still receiving salaries, Punch reports.
Katu made his comments to the lawmakers as they began hearing into Maina’s controversial reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service.
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NAIJ.com gathers that he further disclosed that up till last month (October), his client had been treating official files.
He stated: “Maina is still receiving salaries. 23 files were sent to him in his capacity as acting director, even while he was absent. Maina has continued to work even after he was dismissed.”
The counsel further claimed that Maina was not dismissed from service.
According to Katu, it was only upon realization that there was a move to dismiss him from service, that his client sought judicial intervention in 2013.
He stated: “He was still working as of June 13th, 2013 after the purported dismissal. He was writing to the minister of finance (former minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala); so, it is not true that he was dismissed.”
Upon Katu’s testimony however, Mrs Ayo Omidiran, a committee member, quoted a letter Maina wrote to the Federal Civil Service Commission in 2014, pleading for a review of his dismissal.
She stated: “We are not children here, and let the impression not be created that those of us sitting on this committee do not know what we are doing.
“If Maina wrote to the FCSC to appeal for a review of his dismissal, why would you be saying that he was not dismissed?”
Katu however insisted that his client was not dismissed.
He stated: “There are things we have with us and we will submit them when next we come.”
The counsel insisted that as far as his client was concerned, he was still in the service.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, denied reports that he sent a letter to the office of the head of service demanding the recall of Abdulrasheed Maina, the former chairman of presidential pension task team.
Malami claimed the last letter he ‘remembered’ sending was dated January 19, 2017 and was meant to bring attention to all that was happening to Maina.
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