President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday directed the immediate dismissal of Abdulrasheed Maina, a civil servant who went missing for years after being declared wanted for corruption.
Maina an Assistant Director in the Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pensions Office, CIPPO, was appointed during the past administration to head the Pension Reform Task Team [PRTT].
However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) discovered that he had been overwhelmed by scandals involving pension’s funds management running into billions of Naira.
The anti- graft agency has been investigating how the biometric contract allegedly awarded to streamline pension administration under Maina actually became a conduit for stealing pension fund
Maina had been accused of stealing over N21 billion from the pension funds. Both chambers of the National Assembly had unanimously voted for the dismissal during the last administration.
According an investigative team led by EFCC operative Habibu Aliyu, the commission uncovered how Maina allegedly paid $2million for a property at 10, Amisi Musa Street in Jabi Lake, Abuja and other choice properties, all part of procceds from theft of public funds.
Maina had gone into hiding after being declared wanted by EFCC only to resurface and get reinstated to a higher post. President Buhari has said the circumstances of Maina’s return to the civil service must be investigated.
A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said Mr. Buhari had ordered “immediate disengagement of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina from service.”
The president directed the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, to submit to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, a report on the circumstances leading to Mr. Maina’s recall.
Read the statement issued by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Monday:
PRESIDENT BUHARI DIRECTS MAINA’S DISENGAGEMENT FROM SERVICE
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.
In a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.