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How Dambazzau, Malami, Oyo-Ita Plotted Maina’s Recall-Fresh Facts
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How Dambazzau, Malami, Oyo-Ita Plotted Maina’s Recall-Fresh Facts

Eniola Awokoya

Fresh facts have emerged on the series of activities that led to the reinstatement of Maina into the Federal Civil service Commission.

According to secret documents made available to newsmen, three top personnels under President Muhammadu Buhari, played very significant roles in the eventual reinstatement of the chairman of the defunct pension reforms committee Abdulrasheed Maina.

According to these documents, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazzau and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami were all privy to and worked together to ensure Maina’s reinstatement.

It will be recalled that the Federal Civil Service Commission had dismissed Maina for continuous absence From duty, following his self imposed exile into the United Arab Emirates, after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for N2bn Pension Biometrics scam.

The INTERPOL, working in conjunction with the (EFCC) had also issued a worldwide wanted alert on Maina.

The documents revealed that the Federal Civil Service Commission had strongly appealed for Maina to be recalled into the service, in a letter dated September 17, 2017.

The letter, signed by Mustapha Sulaiman on behalf of the chairman of the commission, referred to previous correspondence on the issue.

Meanwhile, although the Hos and Dambazzau played only supervisory roles, the AGF played an active one by providing the legal advise and logic upon which the reinstatement was premised.

The letter reads “Kindly refer to the Attorney General of the Federation/Honourable Minister of Justice letter ref no HAGF/FCSC/2017/VOL.1/3 dated 27th April, 2017 requesting Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to give consequential effect to the judgement that voided the warrant of arrest issued against A.A. Maina which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal,” the letter read.

“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 (AGF’s) letter and requested the Office of the Head of 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.”

Meanwhile, the Hos subsequently gave a directive on the consideration of the matter.

“The OHCSF accordingly advised Ministry of Interior to consider the matter. The Ministry of Interior at its Senior Staff Committee (SSC)’s 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 (SSC) 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 to the recommendations of the Senior Staff Committee (SSC) of the Ministry on Interior to the FCSC for further necessary action.”

The letter further revealed that the FCSC under the leadership of Winifred Oyo-Ita had given approval for Maina’s reappointment and promotion.  It also directed that Maina should be allowed to write the next promotion examination to the post of a director.