Buhari orders immediate disengagement of Maina 


President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate disengagement of former Pension Boss Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina from the federal civil service.

Alhaji Maina who has a case to answer with the EFCC before he disappeared, reappeared in the Federal Civil Service.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, had confirmed the resumption of duty by former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, as an Acting Director in his ministry.

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

Maina was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan as Chairman of the task force in 2010 to check the corruption in the country’s pension system.

In 2012, the Nigeria Police accused him of misappropriating N100 billion pension funds in connivance with others.

The Civil Service Commission reportedly dismissed him for “absconding from duty’’.

Maina was arraigned in absentia by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which declared him wanted in 2015.

The anti-graft agency, through its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, says the former pension task force chairman remains on the commission’s wanted list.

Sunday’s confirmation by the minister followed reports in the online media that Maina had been secretly re-instated and promoted to the rank of director in the ministry.

The Presidency has however reacted, demanding his immediate disengagement while demanding an investigation on how he got reappointed.

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