Thursday, 30 November 2017

Wanted fugitive is also an American citizen

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, has revealed that wanted ex-pensions reform boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, is also an American citizen.

While appearing before the House of Representatives adhoc committee investigating on Maina's controversial reinstatement into the public service on Thursday, November 30, 2017, Babandede said Maina has a valid US passport.
He said, "He has three passports. First passport he had was an official passport which has expired but has not been renewed. His current passport is valid till 2018. It's a standard passport. Maina equally has an American passport.
"So, in addition to being a citizen of Nigeria, Maina is also a citizen of the United States of America. He has a valid US passport which will be expiring 26 August, 2022."
During the hearing chaired by Aliyu Madaki, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun denied Maina's claim that he was still getting paid his salary even after his dismissal.
She said, "We do not have his biometric data. I can state that he is not receiving salary from the Federal Government."
The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, had also denied that the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team was still paid his salary years after being sacked in 2013.
He said, "From my findings, the last salary Maina received was in February 2013. From March 2013, he was removed from payroll. I made a test run, giving different combinations of his names but found nothing. I don't know where he has been getting salaries from."



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