Reps Begin Probe Of Maina’s Reinstatement
More probes are being initiated into the circumstances that resulted in the the reinstatement and promotion of Abdulrasheed Maina.
The House of Representatives has joined the Senate in a move to probe his promotion from the rank of Assistant Director to Acting Director in the Ministry of Interior.
This comes a day after the President dismissed him from the federal civil service.
At plenary on Tuesday, the House of Representatives constituted an ad hoc Committee to investigate the decision.
The committee will recommend strong sanctions against persons implicated in the scandal.
A member of the House, Jagaba Jagaba, raised the issue in a motion under matters of urgent public importance.
Jagaba had expressed concern that the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions regime came back from self-exile and was allegedly celebrated by some members of the executive.
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In his contributions, Daniel Reyneju, said the issue was ridiculous and required investigation.
“If we do not investigate and clarify it, we will look unserious in the eye of the international community.
“I believe our president meant well but it does not mean that a few people who work for him should throw the country into a situation where we look unserious.
“Parliament must investigate the issue and bring to book those involved, no matter how highly placed,’’ he said.
Another lawmaker, Kingsley Chinda, told the House that something was wrong with the system.
“If the president knows that the people working with him are not in sync with him, he should say it,” he insisted.
Wale Raji, however, stressed the need for caution and suggested that the lawmakers should wait for the outcome of the president’s investigation.
“Let’s not take a move that will ridicule us,” he warned.
Countering the suggestion, Mark Gbilah, insisted that the House must carry out its own investigation.
“We cannot trust the executive to do due diligence in this issue.
“The issue of the former SGF was not satisfactorily resolved.
“We need to rise up to our responsibility. We need to get to the root of the matter and sanction those responsible,” he added.