- The Senate grilled Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and justice minister, on Tuesday, November 14
- Malami reportedly admitted to meeting run-away Abdulrasheed Maina in Dubai in 2016
- He reportedly wrote four letters concerning Maina's reinstatement and even allegedly asked that he be elevated to a director
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and justice minister, Abubakar Malami, has reportedly admitted before a Senate panel that he actually met run-away Abdulrasheed Maina in 2016 in Dubai.
The Nation reports that Malami also admitted that he wrote some letters to the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) concerning the sacked chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.
The report said the Malami faced questions which included the authenticity of the correspondence between him and the FCSC, the constitutionality of his alleged directives to the commission and the extent of his involvement in the reinstatement of the controversial civil servant.
“Malami agreed before the parliamentary panel that he held a meeting with Maina in Dubai, although he insisted that he was not responsible for his dramatic return to the service,” the report quoted one senator as saying.
Another source at the hearing also revealed: “The committee discovered that three letters were written by the justice minister asking questions from the FCSC on Maina. There is no record that the questions were answered by the FCSC in any correspondence.
“The fourth letter was written by the attorney-general in January, 2017, as a directive to the Civil Service Commission to reinstate Maina. In the letter, the AG asked for Maina’s status, his position, rank and next rank.
“There was another letter in February, 2017, where the AGF directed the Civil Service Commission to reinstate Maina. The committee frowned at this because under the constitution, they felt the AGF cannot issue that kind of directive.”
Again, the source revealed that in April, 2017, Malami wrote another letter asking whether the reinstatement had been effected. In that letter, he directed the FCSC to promote Maina to director.
“When committee members asked the AG to react to the allegations that he wrote the letters, the AG agreed that he wrote them, but said he could not remember all that he wrote. He pleaded with the committee to allow him contact his files to ascertain the content. He promised to return tomorrow. The committee agreed.
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“The committee was satisfied that the Head of Service (HoS) of the Federation documented everything.
“The committee observed that she was tidy. It was learnt that at the sitting, the HoS did not release the purported letter written by the Civil Service Commission to Maina.
“The question the committee will be finding answer to on Thursday, November 15, is where the ministry of interior got the letter it relied upon to reinstate Maina," the source said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how Abubakar Malami honoured the invitation of the Senate panel investigating the controversial reinstatement of the AbdulRasheed Maina, into the service, but met an empty panel room.
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