Maina last paid in 2013- Finance minister, accountant general reveals

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has said that the Pension Reform Task Force headed by Abdulrasheed Maina never handed any asset to the EFCC.

At the hearing, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has also said Mr. Maina, who is now on the run, was reinstated into the civil service without a directive from her office.

According to Idris, Maina had been removed from government payroll since March 2013, adding that "I don't know where Maina was receiving salary as claimed".

Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, added that Maina was last paid salary in February 2013.

According to him, the Federal Civil Service Commission had queried Maina following the bench warrant issued against him by the Senate in 2013; but at the same time, Maina was said to have gone to court to challenge his arrest and had the court quash the arrest warrant. "We have no biometric data of Maina and he is not a member of staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance or its agencies", the minister said.

This is contrary to claims made by Maina's counsel, Mohammed Katu.

She said the Federal Civil Service Commission has constitutional mandate of overseeing all matters of appointment, promotion, reinstatement issues and disciplinary matters; while the Office of Head of Service has mandate to oversee career management issues, structure, training and welfare management in the service.

Ibrahim Magu says Maina did not hand over any assets to the EFCC.

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The ministry reportedly acted on the correspondence without the consent of the Head of Service (HoS), a clear breach of civil service procedure.

"When I observed this upon resumption from sick leave, I quickly replied to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, apologising to her about the reference letter".

"He wanted me to advise him whether to agree to see Maina or not in that foreign country".

Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation, Malami, said he refused to assent to the final copy of the controversial letter of reinstatement because he had his reservations and only asked that it be "kept in view" (KIV) pending further investigation.

Also speaking at the hearing, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, said operated three passports. "If he has done, so let him come and prove it", he said.

The adhoc committee, adjourned to continue the hearing on a later date.

"I believe that if the AGF had followed the sequence of events as regards the Maina case, maybe he may have written to my office to get some background information as regards what the last head of service did on the mater but I never got such a direct communication from the AGF and I would not want to jump into what he did not call me into".

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