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Maina’s son pulled out a pistol on operatives to resist father’s arrest – DSS

Valentine Chinyem

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has released a statement following the arrest of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

According to Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the agency, Maina was arrested at a hotel in Abuja after he sneaked into the country from Dubai on September 30, 2019.

He said his son tried to aid his father’s escape by pulling a gun and opening fire on the DSS operatives.

In the statement titled, DSS ARRESTS ABDULRASHEED MAINA and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the DSS in a combined operation with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 30th September 2019, arrested Maina at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel in Abuja.

“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,” the statement read.