By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
Fugitive former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina will next week appear before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives panel investigating his controversial readmission into the federal civil service.
Although, Mr. Maina is still on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and the security agencies claimed that he has not been seen in public.
A member of the Hon. Aliyu Madaki-led ad hoc committee confirmed that Maina may at the long run appear before the committee next week.
The member also confirmed that Maina’s lawyer, Muhammad Sani Katu of the Justice Maman Nasir Chamber has reportedly made some initial representation to the committee, ahead of Maina’s expected appearance next week.
The House had constituted an ad hoc committee to investigate the reinstatement and promotion of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina from the rank of Assistant Director to an Acting Director in the Ministry of Interior.
The committee would also recommend strong sanctions against person or persons implicated in the scandal.
Following widespread condemnation of the secret readmission, and subsequent elevation in the civil service, the House of Representatives on October 24, 2017 passed a resolution mandating an Ad Hoc committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the matter.
Maina who held the position of Assistant Director until he was sacked in 2013, and his subsequent self imposed exile was reportedly, in clandestine circumstances reabsorbed and elevated to the position of Acting Director in the Federal Ministry of Interior, in September, 2017.
“Maina came back from self-exile and was posted to his former ministry (Interior) and given double promotion from Assistant Director to Acting Director”, Hon. Adams Jagaba told the House, while moving motion for the investigation.
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