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Malami on Maina’s recall: I won’t talk until Buhari gives me clearance

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Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, says he is ready to reveal all he knows about the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina when he appears before the Senate.

However, he added a caveat: he won’t talk until he receives clearance from his “principal” — President Muhammadu Buhari.

Malami was reacting to reports that his office was fully involved in the recall of Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), who is currently on the wanted list of both the EFCC and the Police.

“I am a legal practitioner, who is always guided by law and public interest and will therefore not do anything that deviates from the law or breaches public interest,” Malami told journalists when asked to comment on his involvement in the Maina saga.

“I believe that Nigerians are entitled to know the truth in the entire saga and I am ready to speak directly to them when I appear before the Senate since I have been summoned by the legislature, which is investigating the matter.

“I will not however talk until I get clearance from my principal on the matter and I look forward to addressing anxious Nigerians on the matter when I appear before the senators.”

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The Senate formed a committee on Tuesday to investigate Maina’s return to the country and subsequent promotion to the post of Director in the Ministry of Interior.

Main fled Nigeria to Dubai in 2013 after he was indicted and sacked from the civil service for spearheading massive fraud running into several billions of naira at PRTT.

However, he was secretly reinstated into the service — until Monday when public outcry forced Buhari to order his immediate disengagement.

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