MAINA: Against his will, AGF Malami meets Senate C’ttee behind closed-door

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The Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Tuesday met with the Senate committee behind closed-doors over his alleged role in the reinstatement of former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina had stated earlier, that he was keen on meeting the committee, but stated that he wished it be an open sitting, and not done in secret as proposed by the lawmakers.

The Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Services led by Senator Emmanuel Paulker, was mandated by the Senate to probe the controversial reinstatement of Maina, into the civil service.

There have been allegations that Malami was among those in the echelon of power who masterminded the clandestine reinstatement and subsequent re- appointment of Maina as a director in the Civil Service.

Malami was at the Senate Conference Hall 231 by 12:35pm where the Senator Paulker-led committee interrogated him on his alleged role in Maina’s return to the civil service.

The committee, immediately after a prayer said by Senator Paulker, said that due to the sensitive nature of the matter, that the meeting would be a closed door one and therefore demanded that newsmen and other staff leave the hall.

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The committee had met with some government officials fingered in the Maina saga last week but Malami as well as the Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Dambazau, were both absent at the meeting.

Senator Paulker had during the meeting, which was also held behind closed-doors, explained that Malami notified the committee that he was on an assignment and that he would be present at a later date.

Those who were at the last meeting with the Senate committee were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Maigaji and officials of the Federal Civil Service Commission.


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