Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has granted an interim order sought by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami,stopping the National Assembly from probing the scandalous reinstatement of former chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the Federal Civil Service.
Mr. Maina had been declared wanted by both the EFCC and INTERPOL following his dismissal from the civil service in 2013 after he was indicted in a N2 billion fraud.
His reinstatement into the civil service in October 2017 had sparked public outrage, forcing President Buhari to order his dismissal from the service and an investigation into his controversial recall.
The Nigerian Senate had aalso on October 24th 2017 mandated its committees on public service, internal affairs, anti-corruption, establishment and judiciary to probe the circumstances of Maina’s return to the country and the public service.
Mr. Malami appeared before the panel on November 15th and denied any involvement in Maina’s reinstatement and then approached the court to determine if the Senate has the competence to investigate the employment, disengagement, attendance, reinstatement and/or promotion of a civil servant.
Below is the court order…