Wanted ex-pension boss, Maina has not been found guilty by any court – Buhari’s aide

Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution has said wanted former chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been reabsorbed into the civil service has not been found guilty of any offence.

Obono-Obla said this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

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.

What he said:

The Presidential aide said President Muhammadu Buhari has no concern with the employment, discipline and promotion of civil servants.

He said one cannot be adjudged as guilty even if the EFCC pronounced him wanted.

He added that only the court of law can declared anyone guilty.

He said, “If the EFCC declares me wanted, that does not not mean I have been adjudged guilty.

“It is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can adjudge anyone guilty. Are you sure that there is a charge against this man? If there is a charge against him, has it been brought to the notice of the ministry where he works? Has it been brought to the attention of the Federal Civil Service Commission?

“It is not enough to say this man has been accused of committing an offence. I want you to convince me that he has been found guilty by a court of law.”

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