The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.
In a statement on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Peter Afunaya, the DSS revealed that it arrested Maina and his 20 year-old-son, Faisal, in a combined operation with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to the statement, they were arrested at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja following a request by the EFCC for the Service to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
“Maina was arrested in company of 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.
“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 interagency collaboration among security and law enforcement agencies.
“The Service has always subscribed to such collaboration believed to be important in national security management and therefore, hopes to sustain the initiative in mitigating the current threats against public safety and national critical assets”.
Maina, who is facing trial over a questionable N2billion biometrics contract, has been wanted by the DSS for about four years.
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