Buhari orders military to take charge over missing Yobe school girls

Chidi Samuel || President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military and other security agencies to take control in Government Girls Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari Local Government area of Yobe State.

The directive followed the attack on the school on Monday by elements believed to be Boko Haram insurgents and the report, confirmed by Yobe state government that over 50 students of the school were still missing.

The President in reaction to the attack, on Wednesday, directed the military to take over the situation.

He also directed the Minister of Defence leads a delegation for on the ground assessment of the situation on Thursday.

Others members of the delegation include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the FEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

Lai said, “In respect of the unfortunate incident of Monday in Government Girls College in Dapchi Yobe State when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the school.

“Mr. President has directed the military and other security agencies to take immediate charge and control and inform him of developments,” the minister continued.

“He (Buhari) has released a delegation led by the Minister of Defence to Dapchi, to get first-hand information as to what is happening there tomorrow (Thursday) morning.”

Okorocha to Wike: Amnesty to militants meant to enthrone peace in Imo

The Imo State government has reacted to an allegation by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike that it was frustrating its effort at curbing crime by offering amnesty to criminals declared wanted in the state, explaining that the amnesty it granted to “repentant” militants was part of its continuing effort to restore peace Imo and by extension, the Niger Delta Region.

The state’s Commissioner for Information, Prof N.O. Obiaraeri, who made the clarification in a press statement on  Thursday, emphasised that the government “lawfully” granted State pardon to Ohaji/Egbema militants who hitherto operated around the Awarra Court Area of Ohaji/ Egbema LGA of Imo State after due consultations with the relevant security agencies and in the interest of peace in the region.

“The State pardon was granted as part of the continuous effort to restore permanent peace in Imo State and the entire Niger Delta region because these boys have been responsible for ceaseless oil pipeline vandalism, kidnappings, loss of lives and properties in the Awarra Court Area and entire Ohaji/ Egbema/Oguta oil producing communities of Imo State.” the statement read.

“The Security Council of Imo State made up of the Army, Police, SSS, NSCDC and others took the decision to grant State pardon to these repentant militant boys on 5 February 2018 after they voluntarily and publicly surrendered their large cache of arms and ammunitions and confessed to sundry crimes they committed in Imo State.”

Emphasising that the amnesty programme has helped to reduce crime in Imo, Obiaraeri noted that at no point did the Imo State government grant amnesty to those declared wanted by the Rivers State government.

“It is public knowledge that for a long time now, Imo State has been having zero cases of insecurity and as a responsible and responsive Government, the State Government in league with the State Security Council will do everything lawful and within its powers to continue to secure the lives and properties of Imolites and residents alike.

“At all material times, Imo State Government stands prepared and ready to co-operate with or share security information and strategies with Rivers State and or other neighbouring States on effective and mutually benefitting ways and means of combating transboarder crimes and criminality and promoting good neighbourliness.

“Out of abundant caution, it is made clear that no amnesty or State pardon was granted by Imo State Government to any person or group of persons for any crime or crimes committed in Rivers State, Nigeria or any other part of Nigeria beyond or outside Imo State.

“It is not the intention of Imo State Government to enmesh itself in needless controversy over this voluntary and successful disarmament exercise with Rivers State Government or anyone else as Imo State Government has not violated any laws or breached any protocols or security codes in granting State pardon to militants that operate within her territorial jurisdiction,” he concluded.

Wike, Akande, Baru, others win 2017 Zik Prize Award

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, former Governor Osun state and first Interim National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande and Minister of Agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh were amongst nine prominent Nigerians that won the 2017 Zik Prize Award.

Announcing the names of the winners to journalist in Lagos, Member, Advisory Board, of Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre, (PPRAC), Professor Pat Utomi, said the Zik Prize Leadership Award was instituted 24 years ago in honour of the first President of Nigeria, Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, primarily to encourage and nurture leadership on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.

“The year 2017 Zik Prize Award is set to follow this noble tradition of recognizing service excellence,” he said.

He disclosed that an exhaustive appraisal of nominees in various award categories have been done before these official announcing of their names.”

He said Bisi Akande who won the Zik Prize in Political Leadership, was honoured for his long standing dynamic service to Nigerian state and undying commitment to entrenchment of democratic ideas in the Nigeria polity.

While Chief Audu Ogbeh who emerged the Zik Prize winner in Public Service for his success in the last two years as he championed the return to Agriculture as a means of diversifying the nation’s economy.

Utomi added that “Today, Nigeria is now the largest rice producer in West Africa and agriculture the largest employer of labour providing up to 70 per cent of the national’s employment.”

Also, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru also won the award in professional leadership along with Mr. Ernest Ebi in this same category.

Other winners include Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike who emerged the winner as Zik Prize in Good Governance.

He was described as a dogged fighter and honoured for his people oriented reforms and the massive grassroots and infrastructural development projects across the state.

The wife of Anambra State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obaino, the governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello-Masari, wife of Bauchi State Governor, Hajia Hadiza Abubakar Mohammed, and Adedeji Adeleke were also honoured with Zik leadership awards.

The award, meant to encourage the development of patriotic leadership among Nigerians, Africans and all black people of the world, has drawn notable world leaders in the past, who recognise it as a veritable platform to earn national and international reputation in political and corporate governance, especially in an era of severe leadership crisis and organisational deficiency across the globe.

Some recipients of the prize in the past include; President J.J. Rawlings (1995), President Nwalimu Julius Nyerere (1997), Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim (1998), President Sam Nujoma (1999), Dr. Nelson Mandela (2000), President Yonweri Muzeveni (2003); President John Agyekum Kuffor (2008), Senator David Mark, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed (2010), Otunba Subomi Balogun (2010), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2011), Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, Rabiu Kwakwanso (2012); Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (2013) and Alhaji Umar Tanko Al Makura (2014).

 

Massive celebrations as 104yr-old Ini – Arochukwu road wears new look

Tony Okoh, Uyo

The massive 14.1 Kilometer road which begins in Odoro Ikpe community, traverses Ikpe Ikot Nkon, Nkana, and Obotme all in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa ibom and terminates in Arochukwu in Abia State is nearing completion with residents expressing gratitude to Governor Emmanuel for the project.

The once impassable road is now open up for commerce and other activities after 104 years as a bush track,

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State who initiated the construction of the road last year through peculiar ultimate construction ltd yesterday urged the firm to fast track the project and get it completed before may this year.

The completed road project

Represented by the State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyang-Eyen during a routine visit to project sites, he pledged government cooperation to ensure the project with side drains and 110 meters span bridge is delivered to boost commerce, trade and interstate relations with the neighboring Abia state.

At Awa Iman – Asong – Ikot Edim – Ikot Emem road covering Onna and Mkpat Enin Local Government Areas, the Works Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the level of progress on the 12 kilometres road with side drains and outfall drains to contain heavy rainfall being handled by VKS Nigeria Construction Limited.

Completed road project

In the same vein, the 18.95 km Ikot Ibritam -Ikot Ekpuk – Ikot Ekon – Etuk Nkwo – Ekeffe – Odoro Ikot – Idung Akpan Uko – Ikot Owure – Ikot Oto Iwo – Ikot Andem – Ikot Akpan Afaha road in Ukanafun and Oruk Anam LGAs of the state is another project that has opened the state for investment.

The commissioner for works who toured the project site extracted assurances from the contractors on timely delivery of the job.

Works Commissioner on project inspection

 At the site of the 6.4km Nto Edino Ekwere azu road with two 45m bridges in Obot Akara local government area of the state, Akparawa Ephraim inyang eyen urged the contractors seyan Nig Ltd to quickly linked the two bridges to ease movement access for residents.

He pledged government support to ensure timely delivery of the projects.

At the 5.1 internal roads within the premises of the Akwa ibom state university obio akpa campus, the commissioner promised to immediately pay compensation to the property owners who have been affected by the ongoing road expansion in the area to enable the job progress without hitches.

 

 

Oyo chieftaincy crisis: Court nullifies installation of 21 kings by Ajimobi

An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

While delivering judgment, Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns is beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

 

 

Details later…

Army special forces deployed in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa

Ebun Francis || Following the killings in some parts of the country, the Nigerian army on Wednesday began the deployment special forces in Benue, Taraba, and Nasarawa states.

The deployment is an attempt to bring to an end the orgy of violent killings in the three middle belt states which have surged in recent months.

The deployment was announced by the presidency in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

The tweet from President Buhari’s official twitter handle @NGRPresident read, UPDATE: @HQNigerianArmy has deployed Special Forces To Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks.

So far more than 100 people have been killed in the three states over the last one week.

President Buhari had on Tuesday ordered the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar to relocate to Benue state, the epicentre of the crisis.

The deployment of the troops is coming against the position of the IGP who argued on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi against such deployment.

‘EFCC does not have intelligent officers anymore,” Innoson blasts agency for filing charges against him

Chidi Samuel || Innocent Chukwuma, the chairman of Innosson motors on Sunday night blasted Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over their decision to file a four-count charge of fraud against him and his brother, Charles.

The embattled Enugu based businessman and his younger brother is accused of obtaining containers of motorcycles spare parts by false pretence between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos.

The goods, said to be property of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, were allegedly obtained from Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited in Apapa.

The anti-graft agency said the duo “with intent to defraud induced the staff of Mitsui O.S.K and Maersk Line Limited to deliver”, to them through their clearing agents, the motorcycle spare parts, moulds of spare parts and steel structures and raw materials called polyvinlchlorid, imported from China.

The accused were said to have falsely pretended that they were authorised by GTB to clear the goods and take delivery of them.

The four-count included attempt to obtain under false pretense, obtaining under false pretense, theft, and forgery of shipping and financial documents.

All the alleged offences contravene several extant criminal statutes in Lagos State and are punishable there, court filing shows.

The EFCC listed 10 witnesses who would support its case before the court.

But in a response to the development, the spokesman for Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe said the EFCC has become so incompetent that it now abuses court processes at will.

Osigwe said on Sunday night, “This is clearly an abuse of court process, it seems like the EFCC does not have intelligent officers anymore.”

According to him, the EFCC had previously investigated the complaints which GTbank brought against Innoson in 2012.

“During the investigation, he was invited and he honoured the invitation. After the investigation, EFCC filed a charge against him at Lagos State High Court.

“The charge was subsequently struck out.

“However Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd. appealed against the order striking out the case on the basis that it ought to be dismissal in its entirety so that it will never be filed again.

“The appeal number is CA/l/1330CM/2017 and is, till date, still pending at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division.

“Since then, EFCC never invited him,” Mr. Osigwe said.

Innoson was arrested last Thursday by the anti-graft agency but was released on bail, however, shortly after his release, it issued a statement saying that the chief executive officer of Innoson group was being investigated for fraud.

My Dad is responsible for my pregnancy, 10-year-old girl says

A 10-year-old girl (name withheld) has said that her dad is responsible for her pregnancy.

As the case came up before the Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, the suspect, Kenneth Abuya, was granted bail in the sum of N500,000.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, also directed that Abuya should produce two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be property owners in Lagos State and should have evidence of tax payment to the state government.

Osunsanmi said she needed advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions.

The magistrate adjourned the case until February 2, 2018, for mention.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abuya, a resident of Idimu Road, Egbeda, Lagos, is standing trial on a count of defilement.

‎‎The prosecutor, Mr. Simeon Imhonwa, said the accused regularly had sexual intercourse with the minor at his residence.

“The accused forcefully had carnal knowledge of his child on November 29 at his residence and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the crime,’’ Imhonwa said.

“The accused had been defiling the girl before he was apprehended.

“The victim’s mother reported the case to the police after their daughter narrated her ordeal to her,” he said.

‎The offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, according to the prosecutor.

‎The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Justice Ademola’s resignation an afterthough, he was due for sack- NJC

Ebun Francis || The National Judicial Council, NJC has described as an afterthought the purported resignation of Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who resigned from his position on Thursday.

The NJC’s position was contained in a statement it issued late on Thursday.

Justice  Ademola was one of the Judges arrested by the Department of State Security earlier in the year and was subsequently charged with the wife for corrupt enrichment but was controversially discharged by the high court.

The embattled Judge surprisingly resigned from the bench in a letter dated December 6 and leaked to newsmen on Thursday.

But it has emerged that he was recommended for sack by the National Judicial Council and the recommendation for his compulsory retirement was sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

The Judge apparently got wind of the development and decided to a play a fast one, according to sources familiar with the case.

Read the full NJC statement below…

The National Judicial Council, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at its 84th Meeting which was held on December 6, 2017, recommended the compulsory retirement from office of Justice A. F. A. Ademola and Justice O. O. Tokode both of the Federal High Court for misconduct.
Mr. Ademola who had forwarded his notice of retirement on 10th October 2017 to the Council against 9th April, 2018, when he will attain the mandatory retirement age of 65 years was recommended for compulsory retirement from office to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, pursuant to the findings by the Council on the allegation contained in the petition written against His Lordship by a group of 8 persons under the name of Committee of Anambra State PDP House of Representatives Members-Elect alleging His Lordship of the following:-
· that His Lordship heard their Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/177/2015 which was adjourned for judgement on March 25, 2015;
· that on the adjourned date, His Lordship did not deliver the judgement but adjourned the case sine die, to await the decision of the Supreme Court on another matter on the same issue, on is the list of PDP candidates for Anambra State for the General Elections of 2015;
· that His Lordship speedily heard and delivered judgement in another case in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/254/2015 filed later on the same issues, with intent to confer undue advantage on the Plaintiff who is from a family with which the Respondent has relationship;
· that the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement ultimately given to the petitioners contained a paragraph that was not read in open Court by the Hon. Judge and that a phrase was altered, all to address an issue raised in the appeal that had already been filed by the Petitioner before the issuance of Certified True Copy (C T C);
· that some of the reasoning and conclusions of the Hon. Judge were summersaults;
· that the Respondent finally delivered judgement in the case on 8th July 2016, five (5) months after the Supreme Court delivered the judgement he was awaiting contrary to the Constitutional provisions that judgements should be delivered within a period of 90 days.
· Though the Petitioners withdrew their petitions in accordance with to Regulation 16 of the National Judicial Council Judicial Discipline Regulations of 9th March, 2017, Council viewed His Lordship’s action of non-delivery of judgement within the stipulated time as misconduct contrary to Section 292 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended and Rules 1.3 and 3.7 of the 2016 Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The public is hereby informed to disregard news circulating on some news media that Mr. Ademola has voluntarily retired. The purported voluntary retirement is clearly an afterthought as Council had taken action before his decision to forward any voluntary retirement letter.

Justice O. O. Tokode of the same Federal High Court was also recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari for compulsory retirement from office with immediate effect sequel to the findings of Council on the allegation contained in petitions forwarded by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Abimbola Awogboro.
The Petitioners accused the Hon. Judge of misleading the Federal Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council, by submitting six judgements he claimed to have personally conducted while practising as a lawyer; a pre-requisite for his application for appointment as a Judicial Officer, and was so appointed.
The Investigation Committee of Council, however, found that the Hon. Judge personally conducted only one of the six cases submitted. Therefore, Council decided to recommend his compulsory retirement and the refund of all salaries and allowances he earned since his purported appointment to the position of a Judge to the coffers of the Judiciary.
In the interim, the National Judicial Council in exercise of its power under paragraph 21 sub-paragraph (d) of the Third Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, has suspended Justices A. F. A. Ademola and O. O. Tokode from office with immediate effect.
The Council also issued serious warning letters to Justice A. N. Ubaka of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria for failure to deliver Ruling in Suit No. NICN/BEN/51/2014 within the time specified time by law.
The council did not accept the reasons given for failure to deliver the ruling within time.
The judge has also been placed on watch-list of the Council for the next one year.
Council also gave a warning letter to Justice Zainab Aliyu Sadat of the High Court of Niger State and placed her on the watch-list for three years for claiming that the Defendant in Suit No: NHSC/MN/46/2016 failed to make available authority cited by them after submission of the argument to her.
Council at the Meeting also decided to dismiss the petition written by Ali Modu Sheriff alleging that Justice A. Liman of the Federal High Court of corruption for his failure to honour the invitation of the Investigation Committee on the three occasions that he sat to investigate the matter.
Council exonerated Justice Simon Akpah Amogeda of the Federal High Court from corruption allegation by Ernest J. Henry, who could not substantiate his allegation.
The Council decided to write the Petitioner a warning letter for maligning the name of the Hon. Judge.
In addition, Council exonerated Justice F. I. Kola-Olalere of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria from any misconduct in the petition written against him by Samuel Atotuomah. Justice B. B. Kanyip of the same court was also exonerated of allegation of corruption written against him by Adebayo Jegede, who did not attend the Investigation Committee Panel to defend his allegation.
The Council decided to report him to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for the unfounded allegation of corruption and the use of crude and insultive language against the Hon. Judge in his petition.

The Petitions written against Justice Adama Iyayi-Laminkara, Chief Judge, Rivers State, Justice Maria Zukogi, Chief Judge, Niger State, Justice Eyo Effiom Ita, High Court, Cross River State, Justices S. A. Orugboyo and R. I. B. Adebiyi, High Court, Lagos State, were dismissed by the Council as all the petitioners withdrew them and Council found no serious issues for further consideration in the allegations.
Justice A. M. Lawal of Lagos State High Court was also issued a warning letter and placed on ‘watch-list’ for one year by the Council for unnecessary delay in delivering his ruling and giving his personal phone number to parties.
The petition written against Kadi Al-Hafis M. Abubakar of the Katsina State Sharia Court of Appeal by Ibrahim Mukhtar Mashi was dismissed by the Council for lack of merit.
Council also directed Justice Linda Amina Yarosi of the Customary Court of Appeal to resume duty from her sick leave immediately and placed her on ‘watch-list’ for 3 months.
All Judicial Officers placed on ‘watch-list’ of the Council will not be elevated or considered for special assignments during the period they are on the list.
Within that period, Council reserves the right to consider their suitability or otherwise to continue as Judicial Officers based on their performance.

AGF, Abubakar Malami lied, he authorised the reinstatement of Maina- Oyo-Ita

Ebun Francis || The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita on Thursday told the House of Rep ad hoc committee probing the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, the fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform that Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation was being economical with the truth when he told the committee that he never authorised the reinstatement of Maina.

While responding to questions from the committee members earlier on whether the letter requesting Mr. Maina’s reinstatement came from him, Mr. Malami claimed it did not.

According to Malami, the last letter he “remembered” to have written on the issue was dated January 19, 2017, and was meant to bring attention to all that was happening to Mr. Maina.

He continued, “As at 5th October, Maina’s issue in my office was a work in progress and not yet concluded and that can be associated with previous dealings in February, April, and October so the letter giving specific and clear directives couldn’t have genuinely emanated from my office.”

But while appearing before the ad-hoc committee, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and Joseph Akande, the chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, contradicted the account by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on his role in the matter.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita, faulted the account of Mr. Malami as she stated that she received letters from the office of the Attorney General demanding the reinstatement of Mr. Maina.

According to her, Mr. Malami’s office wrote a series of letters to her office to press for the reinstatement.

She said: “Maina, from records available to us, was dismissed in the year 2013 from the Federal Civil Service for absconding from duty.

“From the beginning of this year, we started receiving series of letters written by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, addressed to the chairman Federal Civil Service Commission and copied to the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
“As those letters came in, the Federal Civil Service Commission wrote to my office, directing us to request the Ministry of Interior to set up a Senior Staff Committee to review the directives from the Attorney General.

She expressed surprise that Mr. Maina was finally reinstated without the assent of her office.

Oyo-Ita continued, “When I got hold of that letter of reinstatement, I held on to the letter because I needed more clarification of that letter, so I was surprised to find out that without officially conveying the letter of his reinstatement or any letter of posting whatsoever, the said Mr Maina was absorbed into the Ministry of Interior which I learnt through the media.
“I want to place on record here that I still have the original letters here with me. My office will never convey such reinstatement letter to Mr. Maina, so there is no way he could have resumed work at the Ministry of Interior if he had not been officially notified of doing so by the office of the head of civil service commission.”

Samuel Akande, The Chairman of the Federal Civil Service, corroborated Oyo-Ita’s account when he informed the committee in his testimony that the letter requesting the reinstatement of Mr. Maina emanated from the office of the AGF.

Akande said, “Maina was declared absent from duty in 2013 and attempt to locate him proved abortive so the ministry informed the head of service and the head of service informed the commission and ordered that a query be given to Maina to explain why he has been absent from duty.

“Ministry of Interior gave the query and set up an investigative panel to hear the other side of the case but they were unable to locate him.

“When Maina was unable to respond to the query or attend the investigative panel, the SSC (Senior Staff Committee) of the ministry was conveyed to consider his case and after discussion and deliberation, the SSC recommended that Maina be dismissed. When the letter was sent to us from the HoS, we sat on it and the commission agreed with the recommendation and Maina was so dismissed.

“Sometimes in 2014, Maina wrote to the commission appealing that they reconsider their decision and that they review the dismissal given to him.”
Mr. Akande said the commission started receiving letters from the AGF from early 2017.
“In 2017, the commission received a letter from the Attorney General dated 19th January 22017 demanding the reinstatement of Maina.
“Again, the AGF sent another letter to us 27th April. The third letter informing us that he is the chief legal officer of the country and that the basis of our dismissing Maina cannot stand because judge of High Court in Abuja has paused the warrant of arrest and therefore directed.
“The ministry of interior met through their SSC and recommended that he be reinstated. When we looked at it, we approved that he be reinstated.”