National Assembly Set Committee To Probe Recall Of Pension Ex-Chief, Maina.
The Senate has raised an ad-hoc committee to investigate the reinstatement of dismissed Assistant Director in the Ministry of Interior and former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.
It also resolved to look into the alleged controversial involvement of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in the entire scenario. The membership of the panel consists of chairmen and vice chairmen of the committees on establishment, interior, anti-corruption and judiciary.
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Maina was sacked in 2013 for his involvement in a N2 billion naira pension biometric scam. He was to later turn down summons from authorities before fleeing the country for years.
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The decision to initiate the investigation followed the adoption of a motion by Isah Misau (Bauchi Central). In his debate, he wondered why someone, on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for fraud-related matter and dismissed from the civil service, could sneak into the country and immediately got double promotion as Director. Most members, during contribution, fingered Malami in the controversy. Also, the House of Representatives resolved to set up ad hoc committee to investigate issue. It is to look into the circumstances that led to the sack of Maina.
The lawmaker also disclosed that he was accused of mismanaging over N100 billion pension funds. He urged the chamber to commend the President for ordering the sack of the returnee.