*RE: “SHOCKING: Buhari administration recalls wanted ex-pension boss sacked for alleged corruption”
*Premium Times report is misleading, false and misplaced
The attention of the League of Civil society groups has been drawn to a report published in an online Newspaper, Premium Times on the 20th October, 2017 with the caption: “SHOCKING: Buhari administration recalls wanted ex-pension boss sacked for alleged corruption”.
The newspaper had claimed in its report that multiple sources confirmed to it that “Mr. Maina was secretly recalled and promoted to the position of director in charge of Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior….”
- We wish to state categorically that the said report, written by the duo of “Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Kemi Busari” of Premium Times was found out to be absolute falsehood, misleading, unfounded and deliberate attempt to cast aspersion on the integrity of Dr Abdulrasheed Maina.
- Virtually all the items erroneously claimed by the duo of Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Kemi Busari in the report were corruptibly obtained from their corrupt clients who are bent on discrediting and nailing Dr Abdulrasheed Maina, an astute man who stood in their ways to pilfering the resources meant for those who have used their bright years to serve Nigeria and Nigerians in their various fields of endeavour.
- For avoidance of doubt, it is on record that Dr. Abdulrasheed Maina was absolved of any wrong doing while he headed the Pension Reform Task Team. You’ll recall that on Wednesday, 27th March, 2013 a Federal High Court headed by Justice Adamu Bello (Rtd) granted a perpetual injunction restraining his arrest. The court also set aside an earlier warrant of arrest issued on him. According to Justice Adamu Bello, who delivered the judgment in the enforcement of Fundamental Human Right suit instituted by Maina, the verdict is pegged on the ground that the Senate did not follow due process in issuing the warrant of arrest. The judge also noted that the Senate failed to annex all necessary documents to aid the dismissal of Maina’s request before the court.
Check this link for details: http://thenationonlineng.net/court-grants-perpetual-injunction-against-mainas-arrest/
- It is pertinent to disabuse the minds of the public who must have read the story that also quoted an imaginary EFCC source who claimed that Dr. Abdulrasheed Maina is still on their ‘wanted list’. This allegation is entirely untrue and incorrect. The perpetual injunction restraining his arrest still stands even after the judge had ruled that status-quo be maintained in his case. This pronouncement was neither appealed nor upturned by a superior court. Are these not enough reasons to justify his reinstatement back to the civil service?
- You’ll also recall that Senator Kabiru Gaya, the deputy Chairman of the Senate’s 7th Assembly on Establishment now Chairman, Senate Committee on Works recanted their witch hunt against Dr Maina and came out with this revelation. According to him, “during the 7th Senate, we were able to do a probe of the pension scam. I was a co-chair of that committee. During that investigation, we were able to discover N195 billion stocked in accounts of various Departments, Agencies and Ministries (MDAs) for pension and they were not using those monies. These are kinds of money that form part of the TSA.
- Alas, the ancient wisdom in the saying that: ‘falsehood may prevail for long, the truth shall eventually triumph’ came to fruition. So was the case of the unassuming Dr Abdulrasheed Maina. He weathered the storm, stood firm and with utmost believe in our judicial system, he pursued his case with vigour and dedication. The final triumph came in the verdict of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria that invalidated his wrongful dismissal from service. Maina was ordered to be reinstated into his rightful position as a Federal Director (even though some of his mates are now permanent secretaries) and so the government President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR obeyed the erudite pronouncement of the judiciary. Maina was reinstated as a Director in the civil service of the federation.
- How does Maina’s reinstatement concern the Ministry of Interior who only accept posting letter from the Head of Service on the recommendation of the Civil Service Commission and also putting calls to Femi Adesina is another attempt to blackmail the upholding of Mr President’s stances for Rule of law.
7 The League of Civil Society Groups sees the Premium Times report on Maina as a deliberate distraction and ill motives to pervert the end of justice. We hereby enjoin members of the public to disregard and discountenance the unfounded publication.
Amb. Mukhtar Akoshile
League of Civil society groups.