How AGF Malami authorised reinstatement of ex-pension boss, Maina – Documents

Documents have shown that the former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina was reinstated based on the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Punch reports.

Background:

  • Maina was dismissed in 2013 by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.
  • He was accused of massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion.
  • Maina sued the Senate, after the upper chamber issued an arrest warrant against him.
  • Maina was dismissed by the Head of Service for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest and charged to court.
  • Reports recently emerged that Maina has returned to the country, now works with the government and has been promoted.
  • However, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his immediate disengagement from office and also queried the Head of Service over his reinstatement.
  • The EFCC stormed a mansion in Abuja belonging to Maina, who is till on its wanted list.
  • Winifred, Oyo-Ita, head of service also denied any complicity in the reinstatement of Maina.

What the documents revealed:

Two separate letters by the Federal Civil Service Commission addressed to Maina and the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita revealed that Maina was reinstated into the service with effect from February 21, 2013, the date he was earlier dismissed.

The letters were reportedly dated September 18, 2017 and signed by Mustapha L. Sulaiman on behalf of the Chairman of the FCSC.

They also revealed that the FCSC approved Maina to sit for the next promotion examination for the post of Director (Administration), Grade Level 17.

The letter titled ‘Reinstatement into service: Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, Deputy Director (Administration), SGL 16; stated, “Kindly refer to the Attorney General of the Federation/Honourable Minister of Justice letter Ref. No. HAGF/FCSC/2017/VOL.1/3 dated April 27, 2017 requesting the Federal Civil Service Commission to give consequential effect to the judgment that voided the warrant of arrest issued against A. A. Maina which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal.

“Further to the aforementioned letter, the Federal Civil Service Commission at its meeting held on June 14, 2017 deliberated on the Attorney General of the Federation’s letter and requested the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation  vide letter FC.4029/82/VOL.III/160 of June 21, 2017 to advise the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior to consider the AGF’s letter, the officer’s case and make appropriate recommendation to the commission.

“The OHCSF accordingly advised the Ministry of Interior to consider the matter.

“The Ministry of Interior at its Senior Staff Committee meeting held on  June 22, 2017 considered the disciplinary case against the officer and the letter by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice seeking the reinstatement of the officer as a Director (Administration), SGL. 17 in the Federal Civil Service.”

Another letter read in part, “The Ministry of Interior’s Senior Staff Committee deliberated on the case and recommended that Mr. Maina be reinstated into the Service as Deputy Director, SGL. 16. The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation vide letter Ref. No. HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/749/III/135 dated August 14, 2017 forwarded the recommendations of the Senior Staff Committee  of the Ministry on Interior to the FCSC for further necessary action.

“The FCSC at its meeting held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 considered the letter from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the recommendations of the Senior Staff Committee  of the Ministry of Interior on the disciplinary case against Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, Deputy Director (Administration), Salary Grade Level 16. The FCSC, thereafter, approved the reinstatement of the officer into the service with effect from February 21, 2013 (being the date he was earlier dismissed from service). The FCSC, also approved for the officer to sit for the next promotion examination to the post of Director (Administration), SGL. 17.

“I am therefore to convey the approval of the FCSC for the reinstatement into the Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, Deputy Director (Administration), SGL 16.”

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