Unic Press UK: A ‘fugitive’ Abdulrasheed Maina, who was reinstated in Nigeria civil service, despite serious allegations of corruption made against him, has yet to travel outside the shores of Nigeria since 2013, said the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) according to a report by Premium Times, Nigeria.
The Premium Times also reported that the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mohammed Babandede, during an investigative hearing Thursday by a committee of the House of Representatives, said:
“We have checked our records and we have not seen a single name of Maina pass through our airports since 2013 when he was blocked; so the record available to us shows that Maina has not been travelling. If he has been travelling, then it means he has not been travelling through an airport we can see. By law, if you pass through a border you are entitled to report to an immigration officer. So, if Maina has been travelling from 2013 till date, we don’t know. If he has been passing through borders he has not reported to an immigration officer. As far as we are concerned, Maina has not been travelling since 2013”.
We have checked our E-PASS and have not seen movement of Maina through our Airports since 2013. ~Mohammed Babandede. #MainaGate
— Channels Television (@channelstv) November 30, 2017
In his statement to the committee during the hearing, the director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, submitted that Maina was staying abroad at a time the Nigerian Immigration Service claimed that it had no record that the ‘fugitive’ had traveled out of the country. Daura said:
“The attorney general of the federation sometime in 2016 or 2015, because it was not through a formal document, placed a call to me when he was outside the country,” he said. He wanted me to advise him whether to agree to see Maina or not in that foreign country. I responded to the attorney general that he should accept to see Maina but he should not see him alone. He should see him with a third party which he did.”
In effect, a lot of questions about the credibility of the Buhari presidency, particularly the Nigerian Immigration Services and the State Secret Services in this instance, as both hold diverging opinion on whether a Maina was in the country at a certain time, or abroad.
Maina reinstated, then sacked by his collaborators?
The Nigerian government, which is under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, reinstated the former head of a presidential task force on pension reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina in October, despite the fact that Maina was sacked from the civil service in 2013 and was being trailed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Forces who wanted Maina to return
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, played a key role in the second coming of a ‘fugitive’ Abdulrasheed Maina. But, obviously, could not stand up with Maina returning to the ministry, given the deafening outcry of the Nigeria public to the news of the secret reinstatement of Maina. The office of the Minister of Interior retreated, blaming the Head of Civil Service in a series of statement on Twitter.
The ex- Chairman of the Presidential Task ForceTeam onPensionReforms, Abdulrasheed Maina was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior
— MOI Ops (@MOI_Operations) October 22, 2017
…by the Office of the Head of Service on an Acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading…
— MOI Ops (@MOI_Operations) October 22, 2017
Another powerful public office holder who might have played a major role Maina short-lived return to the Nigeria Civil Service is the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who seem to have given the reinstatement of Maina some form of legal backing.
Malami went to Dubai to meet Maina. A WANTED MAN
Malami initiated the memo that led to Maina's recalled.
Malami is still our Attorney General.
Fuck Anti-Corruption fight.
— #OtunbaAsiwaju (@AsiwajuOladimej) November 30, 2017
Reactions on Twitter
Brief summary of #MainaGate hearing at the National Assembly.
-AGF did not write the letter
-Min. of Interior did not write the letter
-Head of the Federation did not write the letter
So, how did Maina get back to the civil service and a promotion?
— #OdinakaGod (@iamOdino) November 30, 2017
Femi Falana had N1billion to buy properties EFCC seized?
Una dey see this people?
See, the only honest social crusader had was Gani Fawehinmi, these other guys are just crooks masquarading as selfless angels. https://t.co/a3PJULx9CV
— afrispheric (@afrispheric) November 30, 2017
Femi Falana who 'hates corruption' bought a N1b house that was seized by Maina & handed over to EFCC . Nigeria ooo
— Babasola Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) November 30, 2017