Look No Further: I Take Responsibility for Maina's Reinstatement - Perm Sec

Look No Further: I Take Responsibility for Maina's Reinstatement - Perm Sec

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Magaji Abubakar, has admitted before the House of Representatives' Adhoc Committee investigating the disappearance, reappearance and reinstatement of embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, that his mistake led to reinstatement of the ex-pension boss.

Katu, had before the House of Representatives committee probing Maina's alleged reinstatement claimed that Maina, who was recently sacked as director of the ministry of Interior following his secret reinstatement, is still working as a government official.

"We have checked our records and we have no record or evidence from the two platforms that salary was paid to Maina since March 2013".

Magaji also insisted that Maina was neither documented nor paid salaries.

According to Idris, Maina had been removed from government payroll since March 2013, adding that "I don't know where Maina was receiving salary as claimed".

"If there was any payment of salary to Maina, there should be payslips and an account into which the payments were made; so, let whoever made the claim tender them to support the claim", Idris said.

Acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris; Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Services, Mohammed Babangede; and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, were some of those quizzed at the resumption of the hearing chaired by Aliyu Madaki.

Counsel to Maina, Mr Muhammadu Kuta, had while before the committee on November 23 claimed that his client received salary up to October, 2017.


"Maina didn't hand over any assets to the commission".

According to Magaji, "Maina was not reinstated".

Lawal Daura, director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), says he advised Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, to meet with Abdulrasheed Maina.

"He has three passports".

"It was a week later when the HoS called me to ask for the letter referenced to have come from her that I pleaded with her to allow me get back to the office on Monday to see what actually happened because I was sick by then", he said. So, if Maina has been travelling from 2013 till date, we don't know. He has three passports: an official passport which has expired and has not been renewed; a standard passport which is now valid till 2018 and an American passport.

"We have recovered many assets from some of the pension syndicate".

He said he did not instruct any Kabiru, a member of Maina's Task Team from the EFCC to sign such a letter and that he was seeing the letter for the first time. "He has a valid US passport which will be expiring on 26th August, 2022". But after the president's directive, we blocked his name on the passport.

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