Nigeria: Senate Queries Maina Restoration, Raises Panel 

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The Nigerian Senate, Tuesday, started investigation into the conditions encompassing the restoration of Abdulrasheed Maina, a previous Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms as a chief in the service of Interior.

The Senate, in Tuesday’s procedure, questioned how and on whose orders the ex-Chairman was brought once again into the service particularly following the refutal by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, that the administration never the restoration of Maina into the Interior service.

It similarly constituted a panel of examination to investigate the issue of Maina’s review. Vanguard reported.

Maina who was designated by previous President Goodluck Jonathan as Chairman of the team in 2010 to check the debasement in the nation’s benefits framework, was however,  In 2012, blamed by the Nigeria Police for misusing N100 billion annuity supports in conspiracy with others.

The Civil Service Commission had supposedly rejected him for “stealing away from obligation” while Maina was similarly summoned in absentia by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which announced him needed in 2015.

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Nonetheless, the Minister of Interior, resigned Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau had on Oct. 22, affirmed the resumption of obligation by Abdulrasheed Maina, as an Acting Director in his Ministry.

The affirmation arrived in an announcement issued by the Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr. Ehisienmen Osaigbovo.

In any case, following shock over Maina’s reestablishment, Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau excused himself from complicity in the issue. In like manner, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday, expelled media report that she affirmed the reestablishment of Abdulrasheed Maina, and his resulting presenting on the Ministry of Interior. Oyo-Ita’s refutal was contained in an announcement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga.

Also, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, coordinated the quick sack of Maina from the administration and similarly asked Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita to present a point by point report of the conditions encompassing Maina’s restoration to the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

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The Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, affirmed the receipt of the report by the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari on Monday night.

However, the Senate, during its plenary on Tuesday, “We should bring to book any culprit that tries to undermine this Country.”

Senator Isah Misau had cited order 42 and 52 and talked of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina who was indicted by the EFCC while he was Acting Director in the ministry of Interior and then returns to become Director.

Commenting, Senator Olusola Adeyeye said “Certain people in the Executive are working against the Government.”

Senator Atai Aidoko opined that, “the issue is who brought Mr. Maina into office if the Minister of Interior says he did not do so?”

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But Sen. @SenAlasoadura quickly reminded his colleagues that “We should not always duplicate the Executive, if the Executive has ordered an investigation we shouldn’t order another”.

Sen.Dino Melaye said that “if the office of the Attorney General is aware of this appointment, then Nigeria isn’t safe because this lacks Integrity.”

He included that President Buhari is a decent man and means well yet is encompassed by what he portrayed as blister worms.

The Senate, in this manner, settle that the Committee on Public Service and Establishment ought to examine:

The conditions of how Mr. Maina got into the Country. How Mr. Maina was reestablished into Public Service And:How Mr. Maina got elevated to the level of Director.Sen. Akpan Bassey includes that the Committees Interior and Anti-Corruption ought to be incorporated to the Cmttees completing the examination.

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