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Maina? It wasn’t me!

Head of Service Oyo-Ita says Interior Minister Dambazau lied.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has denied recalling the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina, who is on the wanted list of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was secretly reinstated to the service and promoted to head a directorate in the Interior ministry.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, confirmed his recall, but blamed the Head of Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission who are in charge of promotion, recruitment, and discipline of civil servants.

The statement said Maina “was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an Acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading the Human Resources Department in the Ministry.”

However, the Head of Service, in a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga, denied being part of the process of reinstatement and posting of Mr. Maina.

“The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to several media reports that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has approved the reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior,” the statement reads.

“The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation wishes to inform the public that the reinstatement and posting of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina never emanated from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

“Consequently, the purported reinstatement and posting by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is totally erroneous and misleading.”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the immediate sack of Mr. Maina and an investigation into the processes of his recall.

Mr. Maina’s whereabouts are not known as of yet. He was absent on Monday at the Ministry of Interior when a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited.

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