I didn’t recall, promote wanted ex-pension boss – Dambazau

The Ministry of Interior Affairs has denied any complicity in the recall and promotion of wanted former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina.

What happened:

  • 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.

What the Ministry said:

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Sunday said Maina was recalled through the office of the head of service.

The statement reads in part: “The ex- Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed 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.

“For the avoidance of doubt, issues relating to Discipline, Employment, Re-engagement, Posting, Promotion and Retirements of Federal Civil Servants are the responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, of which no Minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed.

“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.

“It is therefore improper for anybody to think that a Minister could exercise such powers or influence the process of Discipline, Re-engagement, and Deployment of any civil servant to his Ministry or any other Ministry for that matter. Again Such responsibility is that of the Federal Civil Service Commission and/or the Head of Civil Service.”

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