Monday, 23 October 2017

Wanted ex-pension boss, Maina has not been found guilty by any court – Buhari’s aide, Obono-Obla

Abdulrasheed Mania
Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution has said wanted former chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been reabsorbed into the civil service has not been found guilty of any offence.

Obono-Obla said this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Maina was dismissed in 2013 by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

He was accused of massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion which led to the Senate to issue an arrest warrant against him.

Maina was later dismissed by the Head of Service after he absconded from duty and attempting to evade arrest and charged to court.

Reports recently emerged that Maina has returned to the country, now works with the government and has been promoted.

Maina who is still on the EFCC’s wanted list was recalled and promoted to the position of director in charge of Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior.

However, Obono-Obla said President Muhammadu Buhari has no concern with the employment, discipline and promotion of civil servants.

He said one cannot be adjudged as guilty even if the EFCC pronounced him wanted.

He added that only the court of law can declared anyone guilty.

He said, “If the EFCC declares me wanted, that does not not mean I have been adjudged guilty.

“It is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can adjudge anyone guilty. Are you sure that there is a charge against this man? If there is a charge against him, has it been brought to the notice of the ministry where he works? Has it been brought to the attention of the Federal Civil Service Commission?

“It is not enough to say this man has been accused of committing an offence. I want you to convince me that he has been found guilty by a court of law.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has denied any complicit in the recall and promotion of Abdulrasheed Mania.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Sunday said Maina was recalled through the office of the head of service.

The statement reads in part: “The ex- Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed 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.

“For the avoidance of doubt, issues relating to Discipline, Employment, Re-engagement, Posting, Promotion and Retirements of Federal Civil Servants are the responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, of which no Minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed.

“It is understood that Maina’s last posting was with the Ministry of Interior, and that is probably why he was re-posted back to the Ministry.

“It is therefore improper for anybody to think that a Minister could exercise such powers or influence the process of Discipline, Re-engagement, and Deployment of any civil servant to his Ministry or any other Ministry for that matter. Again Such responsibility is that of the Federal Civil Service Commission and/or the Head of Civil Service.”

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