Abdulrashid Maina, the chairman of the defunct pension reform task team was granted bail by Federal Court sitting in Abuja on Monday.
N1 billion naira penance
Two Sureties in the like sum
The sureties must file an affidavit to show they can pay the penance sum.
Sureties must be serving Nigeria Senators with no criminal cases before the court.
Both sureties must have fully developed landed property in Maitama or Asokoro district of Abuja.
The sureties must also submit 3-years tax clearance certificates and must appear at all further court rulings with Abdulrashid Maina.
In 2013, Maina was Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms (PTTPR) and later was accused of theft to the tune of N2B in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Subsequently, Maina was dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.
According to the allegation by the senate at the time, Maina had defrauded civil servants of their pensions and had diverted pension funds totalling N2B into his personal bank accounts.
Soon after the senate issued an arrest warrant for Maina, and he allegedly fled to Saudi Arabia to evade law enforcement back home.
In July 2015, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)charged Maina alongside a former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe and Fredrick Hamilton B Global Services Limited before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.
In November 2015, EFCC declared Maina “a wanted man” and launched a manhunt for the former chairman of the PTTPR.
However, Maina often sneaked back into Nigeria between 2013 and 2015 and was often on the run.
In June 2016, Maina announced that he had been cleared by the senate of alleged N195B theft and claimed the senate had discovered that the ‘missing’ N195B is in the government’s coffers. He also asked for an apology from the nation and from the national assembly.
“I was singled out and I suffered so much as a result of the false allegation.
“It is really sad that the same man ( chairman of the senate committee), who told the whole world that I stole N195B has come out to say that the money is intact in Buhari’s TSA account in the CBN. He must pay for destroying my character, integrity and the loss of my job. I was being haunted all around, and people who had confidence in me thought otherwise of me”.
“I have been maligned, shot at, psychologically traumatized, denied my due entitlement, hounded for serving my country diligently. If this is the reward for serving one’s country, I fear for Nigeria because it would be hard for people to serve this country”.
It was reported by the media on Friday, October 20, 2017, online newspaper that Maina had returned to the government’s payroll. According to the reports, Mr Maina, who was wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, was secretly recalled and promoted to the position of Director in charge of Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior. Before his appointment to chair the pension task force, Mr Maina was an Assistant Director in the ministry.
Interior Minister Abdulrahman Dambazauadmitted on Sunday, October 22, 2017, that Maina was back in the federal civil service.
Dambazau, however, washed his hands off Maina’s reinstatement and blamed the office of the Head of Service for the man’s re-emergence in government circles.
According a statement from the interior minister’s office signed by the press secretary to the Honorable Minister of Interior, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo: “The attention of the Honorable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, has been drawn to a report on the recall of the wanted pension boss sacked for alleged corruption…”
Dambazau who said he wasn’t behind Maina’s reinstatement added that the ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina was posted a 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.
“It is understood that Maina’s last posting was with the Ministry of Interior and that is probably why he was re-posted back to the Ministry.
“It is, therefore, improper for anybody to think that a minister could exercise such powers or influence the process of discipline, re-engagement, and deployment of any civil servant to his ministry or any other ministry for that matter.
“Again, such responsibility is that of the Federal Civil Service Commission and/or the Head of Civil Service”.
Maina’s recall to the federal civil service had been described as an embarrassment for the Muhammadu Buhari administration and a setback for the administration’s much-vaunted war against widespread corruption.