How Buhari’s minister allegedly ordered Maina’s recall – Government sources

NIGERIA – Contrary to earlier reports, the head of the civil service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, did not play any part in the reinstatement of the ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina 

– A committee made up of top officials from the ministry of Interior recommended Maina’s reinstatement 

More details have emerged on how a former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, was reinstated in the civil service and made a director despite being on the run for alleged N2b scam.

The Nation newspaper reports that the recall of Maina was facilitated by the attorney-general of the federation and justice minister, Abubakar Malami. The newspaper stated that Abubakar Malami was the one who directed the federal civil service commission (FCSC) to reinstate Maina.

It also learnt that contrary to earlier reports, the head of the civil service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, did not play any part in the reinstatement of the ex-pension boss, rather she had advised against Maina’s recall, but she was overruled.

It was said that a committee made up of top officials from the ministry of interior recommended Maina’s reinstatement The paper reported that the officials were members of the Senior Staff Committee (SSC) of the ministry of interior.

The details of those who authorised Maina’s return were contained in a letter of reinstatement sent to the wanted officer by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC). The letter dated September 18, was also sent to the head of the civil service of the federation by the federal civil Service commission (FCSC). The letter, which was reportedly signed by Mustapha L. Sulaiman for the FCSC chairman, indicated that the AGF advised the FCSC that Maina should be reinstated.

Speaking on how Maina was reinstated, some top government sources said the AGF, federal civil service commission (FCSC) and the officials of the ministry of interior facilitated the recall of the ex-pension boss.

“The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation insisted that the reinstatement of Maina was absurd and illegal. She did not play any role in the entire process which led to the recall of the dismissed officer. “In fact, she refused to add a sentence or a line to a memo routed through her office to the so-called Senior Staff Committee (SSC) of the Ministry of Interior.

It is not within the mandate of the SSC to determine a grievous disciplinary case involving Maina,” one official stated. Another official said: “When some forces were determined to bring Maina back, the Head of the Civil Service took precautionary measures and warned that the process will fail.

“Instead, what the FCSC did was to compel the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to forward the recommendations of the Senior Staff Committee (SSC) of the Ministry of Interior to it for further necessary action.

“All the documents are intact and they will be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari. I am sure more heads will roll. All the SSC members have no business being in office again.”

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