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Suspected EFCC men raid Maina’s house, handcuff, abandon guard in bush

Suspected EFCC men raid Maina's Kaduna house, handcuff, abandon guard in bush

The house of fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was on Christmas Eve raised by unknown gunmen.

There are suspicions that invaders who were said to be in search of cash and other things may have been operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to eye-witnesses, some of those who invaded the house situated at Kano Street, Kawo New Extension, Kaduna darned uniforms while others were in mufti.

They were also said to have handcuffed a security guard, Imrana Ahmadu, who is in charge of the house.

An eyewitness account claimed that the security operatives came armed with guns in a Hilux van around 5pm and started surveillance of the area till around 8pm when another vehicle, a Peugeot 406 with men in mufti inside it forced the gate open and drove into the compound.

The were said to have met Ahmadu, 22 when they entered the house and immediately handcuffed him ordering him to take them round the four-bedroom flat.

Narrating his ordeal with newsmen on Monday, Ahmadu said that gunmen were constantly asking him if the house is owned by Maina or if Maina resides in it.

He also explained that the raiders told him that they were operatives of the EFCC on a missiin to carry out search on the house for alleged hidden arms and ammunition as well as money.

“They came in military uniforms and Hilux van with another small car after they had forced the gate open around 8 pm.

“They handcuffed me and started forcing doors open to the bedrooms. They turned everything upside down.

“They were communicating with somebody somewhere in Hausa, directing them to one room or the other where to find cash. They must have been disappointed because at the end, they found nothing, neither cash nor arms as they claimed.

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“They now drove away with me and dumped me in the bush along Mando Road close to the Kaduna International Airport.
They said I should go to any police station so that the police can unlock the handcuff on my hand.

“I hid my handcuffed hand in my shirt , so that nobody could suspect me and that was how I got a commercial motorbike that took me to the Kawo Police Station where the handcuff was unlocked,” Ahmadu said.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, confirmed the report, but the EFCC is yet to react to the claim its conducted the raid.

 

 

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