Monday, 23 October 2017

2Bn Fraud:‘’Ex-Pension Boss ''Maina'' was Posted To Our Ministry By HOS, As Sagay Ask Buhari To Arrest Him

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The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), has absolved himself from complicity in the reinstatement and posting of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the ministry.


He said Maina, who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was posted to his ministry by the Head of Service a few days ago.
Dambazau, in a statement signed by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, in Abuja on Sunday, said Maina was deployed to the interior ministry in an acting capacity to fill a vacancy following the retirement of the director in charge of the human resources department.
The statement read, “The ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was posted a few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an acting capacity to fill a vacancy following the retirement of the director heading the human resources department in the ministry.”
It added, “For the avoidance of doubt, issues relating to discipline, employment, re-engagement, posting, promotion and retirement of federal civil servants are the responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission and the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, of which no minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed.”
The minister said that Maina was probably posted to the interior ministry because that was his last posting before he was declared wanted by the anti-graft commission for the multi-billion naira pension fund scam.



Meanwhile, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), have called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to arrest immediately the wanted ex-chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has returned to Nigeria.
Maina, who fled the country in 2015 after being indicted for allegedly perpetrating fraud to the tune of N2bn, returned to the country and was posted to the Ministry of Interior based on the recommendation of the Head of Service and was given double promotion.
But on Sunday evening, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission spokesman maintained that Maina was still wanted.
When asked in an interview on channels television if Maina would be arrested by the commission, the EFCC spokesman refused to speak further.
The EFCC on its website, www.efccnigeria.org, retained a picture of Maina, asking members of the public to help fish him out.
The EFCC wrote, “The public is hereby notified that Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the EFCC for offences bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretences.
“Dark-complexioned Maina is allegedly complicit in the over N2bn pensions biometric scam in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. He remains at large after charges were filed against his accomplices.
“Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the commission in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt or Abuja offices.”
Speaking journalists on Sunday, Sagay said Maina’s case should not be treated with kid gloves based on the gravity of the offence he allegedly committed.
The PACAC chairman described pension scam as one of the worst forms of fraud known to mankind and anyone accused of such should not be handled with kid gloves.
Sagay said, “This man was accused of embezzling billions of naira meant for pensioners who had spent all their lives serving this country. One man took the money they should rely on in their declining years, subjecting them to misery and hopelessness.
“This is a moral and criminal issue. So, to hear that the man is in the country and somebody employed him means he is not the only criminal in the system. It means there is an accessory.
“Whoever was involved in employing him and then giving him promotion is an accessory after the fact to the crimes committed by this man if it is established that he is culpable. I don’t see why he escaped if he was not guilty.”
He added, “The EFCC should not just say they are aware; they should take action. The EFCC should now arrest him, interrogate him and if they can establish a case, prosecute him. They should also investigate all those involved in the reabsorbing and promotion of this man.

promotion in their bid to sabotage the administration’s anti-corruption war.

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