The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has denied that he ordered the reinstatement of the former Chairman Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The AGF, who appeared before an investigative panel of the House of Representatives in Abuja on Thursday, claimed that Maina’s case was “work in progress as of October 5” when it was reported that he had returned to office at the Ministry of Interior.
By this claim, Malami is implying that his signature endorsing the reinstatement was forged. “the letter giving clear directives on his reinstatement couldn’t have genuinely emanated from my office,” Malami said.
While the AGF is denying that he facilitated Maina’s reinstatement, the chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Joseph Akande, told the committee that Malami blackmailed the Service into re-absorbing Maina. Akande said that his commission’s refusal to yield to the recall of Maina caused the AGF to threaten them, warning that as the number one law enforcement official in the government, his directive could not be turned down.
Others present at the hearing include: Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, DIG Valentine Tochukwu and Mohammed Sani Kado, counsel to Maina.
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