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I didn’t authorise Maina’s reinstatement letter – Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has distanced himself from the letter that reinstated into the Federal Civil Service the wanted Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Malami’s position was made known on Thursday.
Maina was sacked from the civil service for absenteeism.
He was also during the period of being absent from work declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly defrauding the country of N2 billion.
However, Maina suddenly resurfaced in the country and resumed work at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
But Malami on Thursday distanced himself from the letter reinstating Maina before a panel of the House of Representatives.
He said he never gave such a directive and the letter could not have genuinely emanated from his office.
He equally denied sending any letter to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation for Maina’s reinstatement.
He explained that the only letter he could recall sending out was dated January 19, 2017 and was meant to bring attention to all that was happening to Maina.
According to him: “As at February 21, 2017, the letter giving clear directives of his reinstatement couldn’t have genuinely emanated from my office.”