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“Why Buhari Sacked Oyo-Ita As Head Of Service” – Reno Omokri |The Republican News

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A former presidential aide and strong critic of Buhari government, Reno Omokri, has reacted to the sack of Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita as Head of Civil Service of the Federation. Igbere TV reports.

Igbere TV had reported that Buhari on Wednesday, approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service with immediate effect.

Yemi-Esan, a Permanent Secretary in the Petroleum Ministry, takes over from Oyo-Ita, who was asked to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of her ongoing trial by EFCC.

But reacting to the development, Omokri said the only reason why she was sacked was because she “exposed” Buhari for “recalling” and “promoting” the sacked Pension boss, Maina.

In a tweet sighted by Igbere TV on his verified Twitter handle, @renoomokri, the ex-presidential aide wrote;

“The ONLY reason this woman has been sacked is because General @MBuhari never forgives.

“He had pencilled her for DISGRACE since the day her memo exposing Buhari as the man behind the recall and promotion of pension thief Maina, leaked.”

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Allegedly Armed EFCC Officials Raid Maina’s House, Handcuff Security Man |RN

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Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

Gunmen on Christmas Eve (Sunday) raided the Kaduna home of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The gunmen were allegedly said to be in search of cash and ammunition in the house.

Residents of Kano Street, Kawo New Extension, Kaduna where the house is located, said some of the gunmen came in military uniform, while others were in mufti.

The spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar,  who confirmed the incident, noted that the command got a report from the Divisional Police Office in Kawo regarding the raid.

“We got a report from the DPO Kawo of Police Station regarding the raid on Maina’s house. But we are yet to confirm whether they are really officials of the EFCC. Investigation is ongoing,” he told our correspondent on phone on Monday.

According to an eyewitness account, the gunmen came in a Hilux van,  armed  with guns and stationed in front of the house.

The gun-wielding men, the eyewitness said, had begun surveillance of the area between 5pm and  8pm when another car, a Peugeot 406 with plain clothes security personnel, forced the gate open and drove into the compound.

But on entering the house, the operatives  met a security guard, Imrana Ahmadu, and quickly handcuffed him, just as they forced him to take them round the four-bedroom flat.

The 22-year-old Ahmadu while speaking with journalists said the gunmen continued to ask him whether the house belong to Maina or whether he (Maina) was staying there.

Ahmadu said the gunmen told him that they were from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to carry out search on the house for alleged hidden arms and ammunition as well as cash (money).

He said, “They came in military uniforms and Hilux van with another small car after they had forced the gate open around 8pm.

“They handcuffed me and started forcing doors open to the bedrooms. They turned everything upside down.

“They were communicating with somebody somewhere in Hausa, directing them to one room or the other where to find cash.

“They must have been disappointed because at the end, they found nothing, neither cash nor arms as they claimed.

“They now drove away with me and dumped me in the bush along Mando Road close to the Kaduna International Airport.

“They said I should go to any police station so that the police can unlock the handcuff on my hand.

“I hid my handcuffed hand in my shirt, so that nobody could suspect me and that was how I got a commercial motorbike that took me to the Kawo Police Station where the handcuff was unlocked.”

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached on the telephone for comment.  (Punch)

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Pension Fund Fraud: Maina Exposes Buhari’s Aides |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari

 

*Says those around president insincere, part of pension fraud syndicate 

*Name them now – Fayose

Embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina has spoken on the allegations of corruption levelled against him.

Maina in an exclusive interview with a private television station aired yesterday, claimed that certain persons in the corridor of the Presidency who are close to President Muhammadu Buhari were part of the pension fraud syndicate.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan had fired Maina over alleged involvement in pension scam running into over N2 billion and was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2015.

His “mysterious” reinstatement had sparked criticisms and controversy, following which President Buhari ordered his immediate dismissal from the federal civil service.

But Maina insisted that he was innocent of the allegations preferred against him and claimed that the president was being deceived by the people who surrounded him.

In his first main interview since he was fired, Maina appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give him an opportunity to prove his innocence.

“I recovered money for the last administration and I recovered money for this administration. Now, people don’t know this. Let me explain this; most people don’t understand this. I want the truth to be told and I want Nigerians to understand the truth. I know what is going on in Nigeria.

“Listen, I am not afraid of anybody; I am saying the truth. Thank God that our president stands for the truth, the unfortunate thing is that, some people around him whom he has given trust are lying to him.

“This one I can attest to and I can give you instances and documentary evidences. People portray themselves as if they are saints around the president, it is a lie, they are not.

“I recovered first, we recovered as a team, N282 billion cash. Aside the N282 billion, we were able to bring information and got 43 pension suspects. N1.6 trillion cash, investments and properties were recovered. Now, they have threatened me, they have threatened my lawyers, my brothers, sisters and they have threatened us all. In fact, somebody threatened that my family would be annihilated if I go and testify. I asked Mr. President specifically, Mr. President, if you really want to know the truth and you want to be fair to the whole nation, give opportunity to everybody to come and present.

“I’m appealing to you Mr. President, there are so many things people are not telling you. When I get to that public hearing, I will tell you some things that nobody ever told you Mr. President because I never had the opportunity to sit down with you. And, I am telling you  Mr. President, I will give you information and documents that will fetch you over N3 trillion now in Nigeria. If I don’t do it Mr. President, give me nine months. Within the first three months, I will show you N1 trillion, just like I showed you N1 trillion in this 2017 and I will show you again and again.”

Reacting to the challenge thrown by Maina, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose told Maina to go ahead and tell Nigerians the alleged thieves in Buhari’s government as well as answer the corruption allegations against him and his fraudulent reinstatement.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was important for Maina to wash himself clean of the N2.1 billion pension fraud that made him escape from the country and earned him dismissal from the civil service.

“There is no need waiting for the president to conduct public inquiry on the pension scam, Maina should just go ahead and tell Nigerians who the thieves among Buhari’s men are.

“Even after naming them, Maina should not expect any action from the president. Rather, he should be contented with satisfying his conscience and putting those Buhari’s men that he said are pretending to be saints in the court of public opinion.”

Fayose said he had again been vindicated on his position that the kind of corruption being perpetrated in Buhari’s government was unprecedented and mind-boggling.

“The Maina’s challenge is another opportunity for President Buhari to prove to Nigerians that he is actually fighting corruption. But I am sure that since it again borders on his closest men, he won’t do anything,” he said.

Meanwhile, a lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, said Maina should present himself before the court rather than requesting to meet with the president.

He described Maina’s comments and request to meet with the president as “cock and bull stories”, as well as an attempt to evade the justice system.

“Maina wants to meet with Mr. Presdient over what? Do we even respect our court at all? Do we respect our judicial process? Do you know that in this country, Supreme Court justices are being tried in court? Who is he to be saying that he wants to recover money? “Present yourself, you are a fugitive from justice. Have your day in court and prove your innocence there – that is the law that I know. All this talk about ‘I want to see the president’ – for what? He has seen the Attorney General of the Federation and he told us that he visited Maina to the knowledge of the National Security Adviser of Nigeria.”

However, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke supported the idea that Maina should be given a chance to speak with President Buhari.  (The Sun)

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Maina: Kyari, Oyo-Ita Reconcile, Embrace Publicly During FEC Meeting |RN

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Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari during the FEC meeting.

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, on Wednesday embraced publicly before the commencement of the meeting of  Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The development came exactly a week after the two top government officials engaged in an altercation at the same venue.

Oyo-Ita, on arrival at the Council Chambers, venue of the meeting went straight to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and greeted him.

She was still discussing with Osinbajo when Kyari arrived.

All smiles, Kyari and Oyo-Ita embraced publicly as cameramen struggled to get good shots of the public display of affection.

Related: You Are Irresponsible Journalists, Kyari, Oyo-Ita Never Quarelled, Says Presidency

Other members of the council clapped for them as the drama unfolded.

A heated argument took place between the two officials last week.

The altercation was believed to be based on Oyo-Ita’s leaked memo to Kyari on the controversial reinstatement and subsequent posting of the embattled former Chairman  of the Pension Reforms Commission,  Abdulrasheed Maina.

The mild drama played out in the presence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President of the Senate,  Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; service chiefs and ministers.

Saraki, Dogara, Oyegun and the service chiefs were present to witness the inauguration of the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as the inauguration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance emblem.

Mustapha succeeded in calming frayed nerves after Osinbajo and Kyari were seen engaging the visibly angry Head of Service in a discussion.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye, also moved in and persuaded Oyo-Ita to return to her seat when it became obvious that all those in attendance were watching the drama with keen interest.  (Punch)

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You Are Irresponsible Journalists, Kyari, Oyo-Ita Never Quarelled, Says Presidency

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From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidential Media Aide, Mr. Garba Shenhu has described media reports of a fight between top government officials at the State House as fabrications that could only have been conjured by correspondents who would probably make better fiction writers than journalists.

He continued his tirade on the journalists in a meeting with them Friday by branding them are mere irresponsible writers.

The presidency also denied that there is feud between the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

Shehu insisted that it was impossible for the conversation between Kyari, and Oyo-Ita to have been heard by any journalist, as the distance between the State House correspondents and the two government officials as they addressed the Vice President at Wednesday’s FEC meeting, would have made their conversation completely inaudible to the journalists.

It insisted that it was taking the matter beyond what it is to suggest that mere debate and argument over issues, translated to a feud, a fight or a clash.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu, stated this in a short meeting with State House Correspondents at the the Media Center, to appeal to them to be  responsible in their reportage of the number seat of power in the country.

“By tradition, the media organizations send their best reporters to the State House. This should reflect, at all times on the quality of reporting.

“I am a journalist myself, and in journalism, you are not supposed to report anything other than the facts of what you heard or observed directly, or what you were told by a firsthand or authoritative eyewitness,” he said.

“You cannot add two and two to make twenty-two and present it to the public as news.”

According to him, “People can debate and argue over issues, but to suggest that there was a feud, a fight or a clash was to take matters beyond what they were.”

Shehu also denied categorically any suggestion that the two government officials had been summoned to see the President over the alleged skirmish, referring to that conclusion as yet another example of conjecture.

“Top government officials of that calibre see the President on a regular basis. To suggest that they were summoned to see him as a result of a so-called feud is just a fabrication, a conclusion that is below the level of responsible journalism that we expect from our State House correspondents,” he said.  (The Sun)

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Buhari Knew Of Maina’s Reinstatement, I Warnd Him – HoS In Leaked Memo |RN

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Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita,  has said  President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of the reinstatement of a former Chairman  of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

She however said she warned the President against it.

Oyo-Ita said that her warning was based on the implications such reinstatement would have on the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.

Related: BREAKING NEWS: Buhari Fumes, Fires Abdulrasheed Maina From Service |RN

The HoS stated this in her memo to the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

The memo, with reference number HSCSF/HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/750/T, was dated October 23, 2017.

The memo, titled, “Re: Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina,” was received in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President on October 23.

A copy of the memo was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

The President had directed the HoS to investigate the circumstances that surrounded the return of Maina to the civil service.

He gave the directive following the public outcry that trailed Maina’s reinstatement.

Maina, whose whereabouts is still unknown,  has been accused of embezzling pensioners’ funds running into billions of naira and is currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Explaining further, the HoS said she met the President after the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday,  October 11, where she verbally warned Buhari against bringing Maina back to the service.

She, however, did not say what the response of the President was after briefing him.

Oyo-Ita said, “Please, note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCPC to Mr. A. A. Maina, nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA

“Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration.”

The letter partly read, “Further to your letter Ref. SH/COS/100/A/1570 dated 23rd October, 2017 on the above subject matter, I write to inform you of the circumstances leading to the irregular recall of Mr. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina.

“I wrote to place on record the following facts as it permits to Mr. A. A. Maina who was dismissed from service on 21st February, 2013.

“The move to recall Mr. A. A. Maina was at the instance of a series of letters from the Attorney General of the Federation to the Federal Civil Service Commission requesting the commission to give consequential effect to the judgement that voided the warrant of arrest issued against Mr. A. A. Maina which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal.

“The letters herewith attached as Annexes I-III are:

(a)  Ref. HAGF/FFCSC/2017/VOL.1/1 dated 19th January 2017,

(b) Ref. HAGF/FFCSC/2017/VOL.1/ 2 dated 21st February 2017; and

(c)Ref. HAGF/FFCSC/2017/VOL.1/1 dated 27th April 2017.

“The FCSC thereafter requested that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation should advise the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior to consider the AGF’s letter and make appropriate recommendations to the commission and this was so communicated to the Ministry of Interior.

“The Ministry of Interior took the matter to the Senior Staff Committee of the ministry and recommended the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina into the service as Deputy Director.

“The OHCSF forwarded the recommendation to the FCSC which has the constitutional responsibility for appointments, promotion and discipline for further action.

“The FCSC in consideration of the letter from the AGF and the recommendations of the SSC of the Ministry of Interior consequently approved and conveyed the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina with effect from 21st February, 2013 vide letter herewith attached as Annex IV.

“(vi) The letter of reinstatement, as communicated to HCSF Ref. FC. 4029.82/Vol. III/179 dated  18th September, 2017 attached herewith as Annex IV, ostensibly also copied the Ministry of Interior which is the one erroneously used to document Mr. A. A. Maina on a claim that he has resumed work since 28th September, 2017. The Ministry of Interior informed the OHCSF of this development vide letter Ref. MI/1436/II/24 dated 16th October, 2017 from Ministry of Interior stating that Mr. A. A. Maina has resumed with effect from 28th September, 2017 is attached as Annex V.

“Please note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCSC to Mr. A. A. Maina nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA. Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration.

“However, I have requested the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, to provide any documentary evidence to support the claim of reinstatement and posting of Mr. A. A. Maina by OHCSF, since after his dismissal.

“The letter to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior is attached as Annex VI. The foregoing is accordingly submitted for your information and further consideration.

“Please accept the assurances of my best regards.”

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Missing Pension Boss, Maina Speaks From Hideout (Video) |The Republican News

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The embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, has finally broken his silence.

Maina in a video already trending on social media, said he has not left Nigeria.

The former pension boss said there’s no money missing anywhere, adding that he went into hiding because some people were trying to assassinate him.

Maina said he was not a thief and has not stolen anything rather, he has documents that would expose the real thieves.

According to him, “We know where these monies are.”

He called on Nigerians not to believe the rumours about him, saying that he never stole N195 billion and alleged that N300 million was being stolen every day.

He thanked the TV station that granted him the interview.

 

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N2bn Fraud: Civil Service Commission Yet To Sack Fleeing Maina |The Republican News

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Okechukwu Nnodim and Olaleye Aluko

Four days after the order of President Muhammadu Buhari for the “immediate disengagement” of embattled ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, from the Federal Civil Service, the process leading to his disengagement is yet to commence.

Sunday PUNCH gathered in Abuja that as of the close of work on Friday, the Federal Civil Service Commission had yet to commence the process.

Findings revealed that the process for disengaging a civil servant from the system, as laid down in the rules and regulations of the service, would require strict adherence to civil service rules and procedures in order to avoid its nullification through the judicial process.

A serving director in one of the Federal Government ministries, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, explained that irrespective of the gravity of the offence, an accused person was entitled to an opportunity to defend himself or herself before further action could be taken.

He, however, added that in the event the person failed to honour the summons when opportunities were provided, a decision to discipline in accordance with the rules would apply.

The director stated, “It will require first that a query be issued to the person concerned; he can then be warned as the case may be and then a board/committee will be set up to investigate the matter.

“And in the course of its investigations, the board has powers, according to our rules, to summon the accused person to defend himself. It is after this procedure is carefully followed that further action can be taken.”

Commenting on the Presidential order, he said, “Yes, the President has spoken. My understanding of what he said is that the civil service commission, which has the statutory duty of hiring and firing, should commence the procedure of ensuring that this happens.

“Mr. President that I know is a man that follows procedure; that is why some of his actions are being misinterpreted to mean he is slow.”

When contacted on whether or not the process had commenced, the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Dr. Joel Oruche, said he was not in a position to speak on the matter because he had no information on it.

“I don’t have any information on that (whether Maina has been disengaged from service). I don’t have any information to give you. No comment,” he told SUNDAY PUNCH.

A Lagos-based legal practitioner, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, told SUNDAY PUNCH the President had no power to sack a civil servant, stating that the President could “set the ball rolling” by asking the FCSC to begin the process of sacking Maina.

He explained that the commission would be expected to set up a disciplinary committee, which would then query Maina and based on his response, recommend a dismissal.

Ogunye, however, said the FCSC could sack Maina without following the usual procedure if it could be established that his reinstatement was illegal ab initio and therefore null and void.

He said, “Rule 04412, which deals with summary dismissal in case of gross misconduct; allows the FCSC, having followed the disciplinary procedure, allows them to dismiss him.

“In Maina’s case, when in 2013 he absconded from work, he was issued a query which was dated February 15, 2013 and thereafter, when he didn’t respond or show up, he was eventually dismissed in a letter dated March 5, 2013.

“So, he was dismissed properly and having been dismissed properly and then purportedly reinstated with all the institutions that acted now having to answer to the President, who has a right to query them.

“I think in the process of looking into the matter, if it is found that the purported reinstatement did not follow the right procedure and was improper, the status quo would just prevail.

“In other words, you don’t need to sack him but just nullify his purported reinstatement such that his earlier sacking in 2013 would hold.”

Airport security operatives not instructed to arrest Maina

Meanwhile, security operatives of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria have not received instruction to look out for Maina in order to prevent his escape from the country.

It was gathered on Saturday that no formal communication had reached Aviation Security officials to arrest the embattled former pension reforms chairman if sighted at the airports.

This, however, was despite an announcement from the Presidency on Thursday that an Abuja Magistrate’s Court as well as the Interpol had issued fresh warrants for Maina’s arrest.

Also, the Nigeria Immigration Service, on Friday, said it had directed its operatives at border formations and other command posts to look out for Maina, who had yet to be sighted anywhere since Buhari ordered that he be fired.

It said all NIS personnel across the country had also been issued strict directives to arrest Maina on sight.

But when asked if AVSEC officials were on the lookout for Maina at the airports following his disappearance, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said aviation security had yet to receive such instruction.

According to Yakubu, the AVSEC unit of the airports authority disclosed this to her after she presented the media enquiry to the aviation security department of FAAN.

In a text message responding to SUNDAY PUNCH’s enquiry, Yakubu simply said, “Spoke with the AVSEC. They said no such instruction.”

However, it was learnt that workers at the airports, particularly those at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, were aware of the fact that Maina was on the wanted list of law enforcement agencies.

They stated that although they had yet to receive any formal instruction to apprehend the former pension reforms chairman, they would not hesitate to inform law enforcement agencies if Maina was sighted at the airport.

“Truly, there has not been any formal communication mandating us to look out for him (Maina) or to arrest him, but that does not mean we will fold our arms and watch him escape through this (Abuja) airport if we sight him,” a senior official at the operations department of FAAN, who spoke to one of our correspondents in confidence, said. (Punch)

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Maina Return: We Did Our Best, Says Magu |The Republican News

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From: AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has absolved the Commission from any blame over the return of embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Magu spoke with journalists at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Abuja, at a meeting between the African Union delegation and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olukunle Bamgbose.

The meeting was a follow-up to the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the 29th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July, 2017, as the champion of the Union’s theme for 2018 titled “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

Magu, who was asked to comment on how Maina entered the country without the knowledge of the EFCC, initially said the issue of Maina should be reserved for another time.

Magu, however, shifted ground, saying that the best the EFCC could do was to have declared Maina wanted.

In his words, “We should reserve that for another time. We have done our best. We have declared him a wanted person. It is on our website. So, if you happen to come in… I think you should be reading, you should be reading.”

Asked to comment on efforts to unravel those behind the reinstatement of Maina into the Federal Civil Service, particularly, the Ministry of Interior, Magu said he would speak at the appropriate time.

“No. At the appropriate time, I would make statement on this issue,” Magu declared.

Earlier, Magu said the visit by the AU delegation was an indication that there is an effective political will to fight corruption in the country.

He added that the fact that the whole world recognised President Buhari as an anti corruption person was encouraging.

“You and I know that he is not kidding. He is not pretending. There is no pretence there in his will to fight corruption. There is no doubt about that,” Magu stated.

Magu assured that the fight against corruption would be heightened in the country.

“You know me enough and we would go ahead. We will not disappoint the rest of the world. They have recognised that the president is doing well and they have come here, the African Union, our brothers and sisters and we will do everything possible to contribute positively,” Magu assured.

In his remarks, Bamgbose said the trust and confidence reposed in President Buhari was evidently inspired by his administration’s commitment to frontally tackle corruption in the country and globally.

“The successes achieved in this endeavour thus far with the result-oriented policies put in place have been remarkable; all geared towards building a sustainable, prosperous and peaceful continent,” Bamgbose said.

On his part, the leader of the delegation and African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Quartey Thomas Kwesi, congratulated President Buhari for his recognition as the African Union Champion Against Corruption.

Kwesi said President Buhari’s new role was a clear recognition of his tireless efforts to fight corruption and the results he had achieved so far.

“As we deliberate on what needs to be done in advancing the theme for the year under the leadership of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, let us explore various means in which different activities can be promoted and scaled up in combating corruption and consolidating the gains already made in this regard,” Kwesi said.         (The Sun)

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EFCC Seals Maina’s Houses, Two Companies In Kaduna |The Republican News

From: Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sealed six houses and two companies allegedly belonging to the embattled former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina in Kaduna.

The sealed propery included a 2- storey shopping plaza located at number No. 2C Ibrahim Taiwo Road, a storey duplex at Katuru Road as well as four houses in Kawo new extension area, all in the state capital.

The EFCC also said two companies, allegedly belonging to Maina, were sealed as at Monday.

At the time of filing this report, the Kaduna Zonal Spokesman of EFCC, Kamiludeen Ibrahim, said more of such property were likely to be sealed as soon as they were identified.

Maina was dismissed in 2013 by the Federal Civil Service Commission, following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

He was accused of massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100billion.

Recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for the immediate firing of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

This was revealed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Monday.

In a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.

“The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, October 23, 2017,” part of the statement read.  (The Sun)

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