Fresh warrant for Maina’ arrest issued by Interpol and Magistrate court


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The Presidency said an Abuja Magistrate’s Court, as well as INTERPOL, had issued fresh warrants for the arrest of the former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this on Thursday to The Punch.

He said;

“Maina’s investigation has been expanded. This is beyond reinstatement. It has gone beyond that

“You know that the INTERPOL has just issued an international warrant on him. A Nigerian court has also issued yet another warrant of arrest.

“All those cases involving Steve Oronsaye (former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation) that are ongoing, you know Maina is also involved. Law enforcement agencies are looking at that too.

“You are also aware that the Senate is also carrying out its own investigation on the matter.

“The matter is being investigated from all fronts. The EFCC, for example,  is discovering more and more properties and its officials are sealing them. They are also looking at banks and all that.

“In fact, this investigation will also touch some foreign countries.”

He said despite receiving about three (3) reports on Maina, the president is yet to make a final remark.

According to The Punch, the third report was prepared by the Acting Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).

The report was said to have been submitted to the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Other reports that have earlier been submitted were those of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita; and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior.

During a telephone interview, Oyo-Ita insisted that the letter to reinstate Maina originated from the FCSC and not from her. She said;

“The Chief of Staff to the President wrote directly to the Acting chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission because it was the commission that sent out the letter.

“That letter people are saying was from the Office of the Head of Service did not come from me; it came from the Federal Civil Service Commission.

“The only persons that responded directly to me is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior.

“I have sent my submission and the response from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior to the Chief of Staff.”

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