OrderPaperToday – The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Tuesday declined comments after appearing before a Senate probe committee behind closed doors.
The committes is probing the minister’s alleged complicity in the illegal return from hiding and reinstatement of embattled Abdulrasheed Maina into civil service.
Recall that the former chairman of the Presidential Task force Team on Pension Reforms, (PTTPR), Maina was in 2013 declared wanted by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N2 billion biometric pension fraud.
Accusing fingers were pointed at the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, the Head of Federal Civil Dervice, Winifred Oyo-Ita and Mr. Malami in the daring Maina drama.
Coming under a point of order, Sen. Isau Misau (APC, Bauchi) on 24th October urged the senate to probe the controversy.
This led to the setting up of the joint committees on public service, internal affairs, anti-corruption, establishment, and judiciary to determine the circumstances of the return of Maina to the country and his return to public service at a higher level.
The probe panel invited Mr. Damabzzau who failed to appear before the committee on November 8 but ather sent his Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji who said the minister never saw a single memo on the reinstatement of Maina.
The investigation hearing for Malami was however a closed door session as the senators asked journalists to leave the venue.
Upon adjournment by the committee, Malami surrounded by several security officials, smiled as he walked away without responding despite being pressed with questions from journalists.