The Ministry of Interior has said the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina was recalled through the office of the head of service.
The ministry however exonerated itself from the processes that led to his recall which was done secretly.
Daily Trust’s checks showed that Maina is still on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A notice on the EFCC website said Maina is wanted “for offences bordering on Procurement Fraud and Obtaining by False Pretence,” adding that he is allegedly complicit in the “over N 2 billion Pensions Biometric Scam in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. He remains at large, after charges were filed against his accomplices.”
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, yesterday, said he was responsible for the recall of Maina, adding that it was the duty of the Civil Service Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation to recall a suspended staff.
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.”
The Assistant Director Communication in the Office of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHOCSF) Mohammed Manga neither answered his calls nor responded to sms sent to him by the Daily Trust.
However, sources told Daily Trust that Maina was recalled because he was never officially sacked as a civil servant. He also said there was a memo from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice directing the reinstatement of Maina.
Maina’s reinstatement and promotion were shrouded in secrecy until the news was reported by the Premium Times, an online newspaper.
He was reinstated “administratively” according to his lawyer, Danjuma Ayeye.
The recall of Maina is still generating controversy.