President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate dismissal of the erstwhile boss of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina from the civil service.
Maina, who became a fugitive from justice had been secretly reinstated into the civil service of the federation and given double promotion in the Interior ministry, despite indictments raised against him pertaining to the misuse of pension funds by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to reports, the President was dismayed over the recall and repositioning of Maina as a director, having abandoned the service upon the indictments raised against him on the misuse of an estimated N100 billion from the pension funds of the country.
The president particularly outraged by the fact that the same Maina had abandoned his job for close to three years, had directed that the circumstances of his return to the civil service must be investigated despite arguments put forward to justify the recall as being based on a court order obtained from a Magistrate’s Court.
A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Monday, Oct.23, said Buhari had ordered Maina’s “immediate disengagement from service.”
The Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, was also directed 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 Maina’s recall.
In the meantime, the HOCSF, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has countered the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who blamed her for Maina’s reinstatement to office.
Oyo-Ita through a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga said:
“The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to several media reports that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has approved the reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior.
“The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation wishes to inform the public that the reinstatement and posting of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina never emanated from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
“Consequently, the purported reinstatement and posting by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is totally erroneous and misleading.”
In an earlier statement by his Press Secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, the Minister of Interior had denied responsibility for Maina’s recall to service.
The statement explained that 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.”
Danbazau blamed Maina’s recall on the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission. According to him, the two bodies are responsible for “issues relating to Discipline, Employment, Re-engagement, Posting, Promotion and Retirements of Federal Civil Servants.”
“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,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has raided two houses belonging to Maina in Abuja and sealed them off following the outrage across the country over developing reports on the ex-pension boss.