President Muhammadu Buhari administration has secretly reinstated and promoted the fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service, Premium Times quoted government sources.
Maina, who is wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, was said to have been 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.
The news of the reinstatement first filtered through a congratulatory message for Mr. Maina by a group called League of Civil Society Organisations which commended the federal government for the reinstatement.
Mr. Maina was in 2013 dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service after he was accused of leading a massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion.
A retired director in the Office of the Head of Service familiar with the matter said recalling Mr. Maina was an affront on the rule of law.
“He should not have been reinstated. Doesn’t Mr. Maina have a case in court? The rules provide for action to be taken only after the courts have dispensed of the case fully,” he said.