Maina: Interior acted without my approval - Oyo-Ita

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The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris, yesterday clarified that the embattled former Chairman, Pensions Reform Task Team (PRTT), Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina, is not now on the federal government payroll as earlier claimed by his lawyers.

At an investigative hearing by an ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives, in Abuja, on the issues surrounding the reinstatement of Maina into the federal civil service, the Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Interior, and the Head of Service (HoS) to the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita had a minor disagreement.

According to Magaji, "The Ministry conducted Senior Staff Committee meeting for the reinstatement of Maina after receiving a letter from the office of the Head of Service to reconsider the earlier position taken by the Ministry in dismissing Maina for reinstatement".

Magaji also insisted that Maina was neither documented nor paid salaries.

Contratry to earlier claims by counsel to Maina that he has been collecting salaries as at when due, the Federal Government system audit shows that Maina last received salary in 2013 when he was dismissed.

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Meanwhile, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, told the panel that the last time Abdulrasheed Maina received salary as a civil servant was in February, 2013. From March 2013, Maina was removed from the government's payroll.

Counsel to Maina, Mr Muhammadu Kuta, had while before the committee on November 23 claimed that his client received salary up to October, 2017. "So, let whoever made the claim tender them to support the claim", Idris said.

Lawal Daura, director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), says he advised Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, to meet with Abdulrasheed Maina.

Malami said that though work was in progress over Maina's demand to be reinstated based on a court judgment, "the letter of his reinstatement may not have emanated from my office as at October 5, 2017".

He said no agency has written to the DSS seeking to arrest Maina, and added that the secret police had nothing to do with his reinstatement.

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According to him, the reference letter made to inform the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation that Maina resumed duty was a letter sent to the Federal Civil Service Commission.

"We got to know about Maina on September 27, 2013 when he was going out of the country through the MMIA". The first one was an official one, expired not renewed.

"We have recovered many assets from some of the pension syndicate".

He added: "The letter was scrutinised and fears expressed by Maina were also to a large extent established". His current passport is valid till 2018.

"On December 1, 2015, the EFCC gave us a letter directing us to remove his name from the stop list, which we removed".

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