Ministry of Interior letter ‘shows Head of Service was aware’ of Maina’s reinstatement


A letter dated October 16, 2017 has indicated that the Head of Service of the nation, Winifred Oyo-Ita was aware of the reinstatement of wanted former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.


  • 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 letter says:

In the letter released by SaharaReporters, a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Interior, Salihu Bala was responding to a letter by Oyo-Ita, informing her that Maina has resumed duty as a Deputy Director.

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