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Details Of Abdulrasheed Maina's Arrest: His Armed 20 Year Old Son Pulled Pistol On Security Operatives

By The Nigeria Voice

More details have emerged on the process that led to the arrest of fugitive Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The Department of State Services gave the details in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya.

The statement said the operatives of the DSS collaborated with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which requested for help in the arrest of Maina at Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja.

Afunanya said Maina’s 20-year-old son, Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina, pulled a pistol on the operatives of the DSS and EFCC, adding that he had to be overpowered.

He said: “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 bullet proof Range Rover SUV, a BMW Saloon car, foreign currencies, a phantom 7 drone and sensitive documents.”

The statement by Afunanya reads in full: “This is to confirm that the Department of State Services (DSS), in a combined operation, on 30th September, 2019, arrested Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

“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.

“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 bullet proof 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.”