Sunday, 29 October 2017

#MainaGate: 'Civil service commission yet to sack the wanted ex-pension boss as he's linked to fresh N17b fraud

Wanted former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina is yet to be disengaged from the Federal Civil Service, despite a sack order by President Muhammadu Buhari days ago, Punch reports.
Maina was said to have committed N2bn fraud in 2011 before fleeing out of the country.
He was later discovered to be an assistant director in the Ministry of Internal Affairs while still on the EFCC’s wanted list.
President Buhari immediately ordered his sack from the Federal Civil Service.

According to Punch, the Federal Civil Service Commission had yet to commence the process.

It was learnt that there are certain processes required to rightfully disengage a civil servant.

A serving director in one of the Federal Government ministries said an accused person was entitled to an opportunity to defend himself before the next action is taken.

He said, “It will require first that a query be issued to the person concerned; he can then be warned as the case may be and then a board/committee will be set up to investigate the matter.

“And in the course of its investigations, the board has powers, according to our rules, to summon the accused person to defend himself. It is after this procedure is carefully followed that further action can be taken.”

He added, “Yes, the President has spoken. My understanding of what he said is that the civil service commission, which has the statutory duty of hiring and firing, should commence the procedure of ensuring that this happens.

“Mr. President that I know is a man that follows procedure; that is why some of his actions are being misinterpreted to mean he is slow.”

Meanwhile, Maina has been linked to N17billion pension cash, The Nation reports.

The newspaper reports that a number of persons in high positions benefited from the loot.

The case is said to be from the N24billion budgeted by the Federal Government for payment of pension liabilities through the Presidential Pension Reforms Task Team.

The funds were reportedly stolen in five years from 2008 to 2013 in tranches of N2.7billion and N14.374billion respectively.

The N14.374billion was allegedly shared by Maina and those in the chain of pension management in different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Those involved include a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), A former Acting Chairman of ICPC, a former Inspector-General of Police, two former Heads of Service, Permanent Secretary (State House) and top directors in the civil service, 18 slush companies, some operatives of the EFCC and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

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