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"We Will Get Maina Anywhere He Is" – EFCC begins Manhunt

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has launched a fresh manhunt for a former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The embattled civil servant was issued a letter of reinstatement dated October 2 by Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. But the question is, what led to that action?

Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazau, earlier on Sunday absolved himself of any culpability in Mr. Maina’s reinstatement, saying it was done by the Head of Service.

The October 2 letter claimed that Mr. Maina’s case was reviewed and that a decision was taken that he be reinstated. The letter also gave his new posting as acting director of Resources.

According to PT findings, the reinstatement is at the behest of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who gave a favourable legal advice on the case.

Malami’s spokesperson, Salihu Othman, however said he was unaware of his boss’s role in the deal.

Irked by the news of Maina’s re-entry into the country, the EFCC leadership convened an emergency meeting on Sunday to strategize on the case.

A source, who was part of the meeting, said the commission’s boss, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who was out of Abuja, convened a meeting of operatives working on the case.

As part of the fallouts of the meeting, according to our source, operatives were detailed “to smoke out Mr. Maina wherever he might be”.

Maina is said to be shuttling between Kaduna and Abuja since he sneaked back into the country.

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