(By Chris K. Amadi) -The recent discreet recall of Mr. Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, a deputy director who was dismissed from service in 2013 over his involvement, with others in over 2 billion naira pension fraud has attracted the wrath of the government and people of Nigeria, with President Muhammadu Buhari ordering for his immediate disengagement from service.
The no nonsense Buhari, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, also demanded explanations from the Head of Service of the Civil Service of the Federation on Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has in a statement denied any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Maina’s return, arguing that the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission are in a better position to explain the rationale for his recall and posting to his ministry.
He further explained in a statement that 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.”
It would be recalled that in 2015, the embattled Maina was declared wanted by a Joint Senate Committee and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the alleged pension fraud but he was said to have gone underground.
The former chairman of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, however went ahead to sue the Senate and Inspector-General of Police for declaring him wanted.
In the last few days, the recall of Maina, who is in the wanted list of the International Police and Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to head a directorate in the Interior ministry has been the subject of discussions across Nigeria, a development that has been described as a sabotage to the war against corruption in Nigeria.