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Madaki Ali named to head Reps’ committee to probe Maina

*We shall appear and expect to get justice – Ihuoma

Hon Madaki Ali has been named at the Chairman by the House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reinstatement and promotion of Abdulrasheed Maina back into the civil service of the federation.

During the Senate’s plenary session on Tuesday, 24th October 24, 2017, the Red Chambers’ lawmakers questioned how the wanted former chairman of the defunct Presidential Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), was controversially recalled and promoted to head the Ministry of Interior’s human resource department.

While sitting for its own Tuesday session, the House also set up its own committee to investigate the “resurfacing, reabsorbing and subsequent elevation” of Maina.

The motion of urgent public importance was raised by Hon. Adams Jagaba, with representatives also urging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest the runaway Maina for prosecution.

In 2013, the ex-Pension reforms boss was dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

In 2015, Maina was charged alongside former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence through the award of fraudulent biometric contracts.

After he was declared wanted over an alleged N2 billion pension fraud, he fled abroad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after unknown gunmen had shot at his car.

It would also be recalled that Maina had approached the federal High Court Abuja and the National Industrial Court where he had favourable decisions. It is with these judgements he wrote for his reinstatement.

On Monday, 23rd October, after his reinstatement drew public outcry on the government, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Maina’s ‘disengagement’ and ordered a full investigation into the circumstances of his recall.

Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) in reaction had said he acted in the best interest of the nation.

After submitting a full report on Maina’s recall and posting to the office of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyarion Monday, Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, denied that she had anything to do with Maina’s reinstatement.

During Tuesday’s session, the House also vowed to recommend strong sanctions against anyone implicated in the

Hon Madaki  Ali...to lead the probe against Maina
Hon Madaki Ali…to lead the probe against Maina

scandal.

Other members of the panel are
2. Jagaba Adams Jagaba,
3. Abubakar Danburam Nuhu,
4. Ayo Omidiran,
5. Solomon Adeolu,
6. Kingsley Chinda,
7. Yunusa Abubakar,
8. Timothy Golu,
9. Kehinde Odeneye Olusegun and
10. Sergius Oseasochie Ogun.

In a swift reaction, member of the 6th House of Representatives and long term associate of Maina, Hon Ngozika Ihuoma said in a telephone call from Lagos that, “we shall appear before the panel. With Hon Madaki Ali as the chairman, our confidence is bolstered. Ordinarily, the Senate should ordinarily not have the moral sinew to venture into this matter.

“Some of his past and current members have their hands tainted with allegation of taking N3billion and other property bribes from the pension suspects. Two, they alleged Maina stole N195billion and returned three years later to say the same money is not missing but in in the Treasury Single Account (TSA). Yet, they have not apologised for the trauma they have made him and his family faced as a result of their misinformed position.”

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