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Recalled ex Pension Boss Abdulrasheed Maina still wanted – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is still wanted.

Maina had reportedly been declared wanted by the EFCC for a pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion.

He had been investigated and invited by the Senate, but, ignoring the panel, he sued the Senate and the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and thereafter went into hiding after being declared wanted by the police.

He was suspected to be in the United Arab Emirates, from where he had been lobbying to stay in the good graces of the Buhari-administration.

It was reported a week ago that the former pension boss has been recalled and promoted to the position of Director the Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Interior by the Buhari-administration.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has also confirmed Maina’s resumption as Acting Director in his ministry.

The confirmation came in a statement issued by the Press Secretary to the minister, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Sunday.

Osaigbovo, however, debunked media reports that his principal was one of those responsible for Maina’s “reinstatement”.

“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.

No minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed in this publication.

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,” he said.

But in a text to Punch, the spokesperson for EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, wrote: “Maina is still on the commission’s wanted person’s list.”

A source at Interpol who asked to remain anonymous said they aren’t investigating the former pension boss. He said:

We are not investigating Maina. We received a request from the government, issued a red alert and informed our agents worldwide to ensure that he is arrested. If Maina is back in the country then probably the Nigerian government has withdrawn its request.

Although a source said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, helped Maina in securing a reinstatement, it hasn’t been proven if this is true.

Maina had reportedly accused the EFCC of a witch-hunt in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

10 Comments

  1. nene+

    October 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Where is Ganny Olusakin? Wale Vintage, Ada Nnewi and all the ”we are fighting kwaruption” foot-soldiers?
    Come and pop champagne for Mr Integrity.
    Maina has been re-absorbed, re-deployed and promoted???
    Should i say that thunder will strike the thumbs of all ya who failed your history test?

    • Wale Vintage

      October 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Abah nah @nene+, where were you when I decamped from Team Buhari a few weeks ago? I have been raving mad over this since when this news came out on PR and other sites. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. There is absolutely no reason for Buhari to want to ask to continue in 2019. We are looking for a new candidate. Buhari is the poster man for CORRUPTION. I even suggested he should let Dezieni go free-him own done pass.

    • nene+

      October 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Lol @ Wale. Your head is truly on your shoulder. Some still got it on their feet……..bruising the brain daily

    • Busarni

      October 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      nene; please can you stop already. Ada nnewi has already bowed down her head in shame wherever she is. who knows, she has gone anonymous. What of mrschidukane? Back in the days when BN comment section used to be lit. Sai buhari all the same; lol..

  2. Amaa

    October 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    LOl what didn’t you expect kwaraption lives here as long as it’s a northerner

  3. nwa nna

    October 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Okay, at this juncture I am done with PMB. As one of those that was cautiously optimistic about his leadership, but as events have continued to unfold within his admin it is clear that he lacks the integrity or gusto as a leader as we had thought when it comes to matters of corruption concerning certain people and groups.

    Truth be told, the same corruption brought PMB to power i.e Tinubu et al. I lay the the blame squarely on GEJ for being such an abysmal & inept leader for wasting the goodwill of the Nigerian citizens causing them to want to elect another northerner as the president of Nigeria.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      October 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

      This is an old, ill man who’s barely managing to care for his own self.

      What kind of miracles did you all really expect him to powerfully perform over Nigeria? All the powerbrokers who backed him have clearly enjoyed the run of the place while Oga was convalescing.

      Buhari may desire change like the rest of us but in reality lacks the ability & strength of will to deliver.

  4. Moniker

    October 23, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    This is an all-time low. I won’t be surprised if Dasuki is chilling in Dubai. When it looks like trial wants to resume, he comes back. Buhari is a biased and sectional leader. These and more gives credence to that fact. 2019 will be interesting. daily, the hope dims

  5. gbaskelebo

    October 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Since I heard this news I have been in a very foul mood, only I don’t know how best to vent it in a legitimate and quasi-sane way that the authorities would know! Yet they are fighting corruption and Mr. Spotless sits on the throne showing gross ineptitude and efcc has been looking for this beast, Yimu! Hypocrisy at its peak. Infact you guys that voted in this govt. let me not curse this afternoon because it would be deep and terrible, I am angry!!!

    • gbaskelebo

      October 23, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Now this was taken from Ena Ofughara’s post on fb though in comparison but it captures the quintessential aspect of this beast and the worst govt ever! I can’t help but share it.
      And they compare GEJ’s pardon of Alamieseigha to Buhari’ re-employment, re-engagement and double promotion to Maina, the two billion thief.
      Yes them dey crace.
      Pardon is the RIGHT of a president constitutionally given to him to spare BAD PEOPLE for whatever reasons he thinks best.
      1. Alamieseigha helped him with Tompolo and other militants.
      2. Alamieseigha had PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY, both in PRISON and in FORFEITURE of stolen property
      Again, PARDON is for CRIMINALS.
      GEJ Never gave Alamieseigha back his forfeited properties, nor did he appoint him back to any position
      Buhari did not PARDON Maina.
      Maina is a THIEF waiting for conviction
      Maina FLED Nigeria with his name on WANTED list
      Maina returned with no police to arrest him as they did Alamieseigha
      Maina has not forfeited a kobo from the 2 billion loot.
      Maina has not spent a day in jail
      Maina is to be paid TWO YEARS SALARY back log
      Maina was given DOUBLE PROMOTION
      Maina is back as OGA, in a position to THIEF AND THIEF more more more
      Maina is still wanted by EFCC
      But he is in his office where EFCC radar cannot see him
      So how can you compare a president using his constitutional right of pardon rightly meant for thieves on Alamieseigha to go home and rest…
      TO Buhari handing a thief all his loot and giving him a key to reloot????

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