The biggest story of the past week has been the recall, promotion and sack of Abdulrasheed Maina, a fugitive from justice accused of defrauding the country of up to N2 billion when he chaired the Presidential Task Force on Pensions Reform.
No official is taking responsibility just yet. No one has resigned. And apart from Maina who has been sacked following an order by Pres. Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, no other head has rolled.
The fact so far is that at least three top officials of the administration were involved in facilitating Maina’s recall:
1. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice – Abubakar Malami
2. Minister of Interior – Abdulrahman Dambazau
3. Head of Civil Service of the Federation – Winifred Oyo-Ita.
The two letters below show the involvement of the named officials as well as the Federal Civil Service Commission in the act.
Letter One: A letter from the Federal Civil Service Commission to Mrs. Oyo-Ita.
Below is the letter in full which was signed by the chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (take note of the underlined items):
“Kindly refer to the Attorney-General of the Federation/Honourable Minister of Justice’s letter Ref No. HAGF/FSCC/2017/VOL.1/3 dated 27th April 2017, requesting Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to give consequential effect to the judgment that voided the warrant of arrest issued against A.A. Maina, which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal.
“Further to the aforementioned letter, the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) at its meeting held on 14th June 2017, deliberated on the Attorney-General of the Federation’s letter and requested the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), vide letter FC.4029/82/VOL.III/160 of 21st June 2017 to advise the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior to consider the AGF’s letter, the officer’s case and make appropriate recommendation to the Commission.
“The OHCSF accordingly advised Ministry of Interior to consider the matter. The Ministry of Interior at its Senior Staff Committee’s (SSC) meeting held on 22nd June 2017 considered the disciplinary case against the officer and the letter by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice seeking the reinstatement of the officer as a director (Administration), SGL. 17 in the Federal Civil Service.
“The Ministry of Interior’s Senior Staff Committee deliberated on the case and recommended that Mr. Maina be reinstated into the service as Deputy Director SGL. 16.
“The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) vide letter Ref. No. HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/749/III/135, dated 14th August 2017, forwarded the recommendations of the Senior Staff Committee (SSC) of the Ministry of Interior to the FCSC for further necessary action.
“The FCSC at its meeting held on Wednesday, 16th August, 2017, considered the letter from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the recommendations of the Senior State Committee of the Ministry of Interior on the disciplinary case against Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, Deputy Director (Administration), Salary Grade Level 16.
“The FCSC, thereafter, approved the reinstatement of the officer into the service with effect from 21st February 2013 (being the date he was earlier dismissed from service).
“The FCSC also approved for the officer to sit for the next promotion examination to the post of Director (Administration), SGL 17.
“I am therefore to convey the approval of the FCSC for the reinstatement into the Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, Deputy Director (Administration), SGL 16.”
- This process has been on since April 2017.
- It all began with a letter written by the Attorney-General Malami asking for Maina to be reinstated. Malami is the nation’s chief legal officer.
- The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) wrote to the Office of the Head of Service asking her to direct the ministry of interior to consider Malami’s letter. This proves that Oyo-Ita’s statement that she was unaware of Maina’s recall is untrue.
- The ministry of interior under the leadership of Dambazau considered the matter and recommended Maina’s reinstatement. This proves that Dambazau’s statement that he was unaware is also untrue.
- The FCSC subsequently reinstated Maina’s recall and backdated to February 2013 wen he absconded.
This second letter was from less than two weeks ago from the permanent secretary of ministry of interior to the Office of Head of Service.
- Letter noted that Maina had resumed since 28th September, 2017.
- Letter also proves that Oyo-Ita and Dambazau cannot feign ignorance on the matter.