DSS confirms Maina’s arrest

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of the ex-Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunaya, on Wednesday.

According to Afunaya, the arrest was made at a hotel in Abuja, after his 20-year-old son tried to resist security agents involved in the operation.

The DSS spokesperson stated that the son who pulled a pistol against the agents was also arrested alongside his father.

“The arrest which was effected at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja followed a request by the EFCC to the Service to assist in the apprehension of the suspect,” the statement said.

“Maina was arrested in company with his 20-year-old son, Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina, who unsuccessfully tried to resist the arrest.

“The lad even pulled a pistol against the security agents involved in the operation. He was, however, disarmed and arrested. He is a final year student at the Canadian University of Dubai where he is studying Telecoms Engineering.”

Afunnaya said the items recovered from the suspects include a pistol with live ammunition, a bulletproof Range Rover SUV, a BMW Saloon car, foreign currencies, a Phantom 7 drone and sensitive documents.

“The suspects and the recovered items will be handed over to the EFCC for further investigations and appropriate necessary actions.

“It is instructive to note that the operation is as a result of a renewed inter-agency collaboration among security and law enforcement agencies,” he added.

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