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Maina, ex-chair, Pension taskforce, son arrested in Abuja hotel



By Kunle Akinsola


The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested the ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Taskforce, Abdulrasheed Maina and his son, Faisal, in a joint operation with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


It recovered a pistol, a drone and bullet proof vehicles from the suspects after their arrest in Abuja, on Monday, the DSS said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunnaya, in Abuja, on Wednesday.


He said Maina and son were arrested at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja, in response to a request by the EFCC to the DSS for assistance in the apprehension of the prime 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.


“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,” the statement said.

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