Abdulrasheed Maina

Former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina has been arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Concise News understands that Maina was arrested in a hotel in Abuja as he attempted escaping by shooting at the DSS operatives detailed to arrest him.

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This news medium recalls that Maina was on July 21, 2015, charged before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.

The anti-graft agency in 2017, declared Maina wanted, following his refusal to honour the commission’s invitations.

Then the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja stopped the EFCC from declaring Maina wanted.

In a judgment delivered in February, Justice Guwa Ogunbanjo described the action of the anti-graft agency to declare Maina wanted as unlawful.

Maina had in a suit filed on September 5, 2018, prayed the court to determine whether the EFCC can lawfully exercise powers of declaring him as “wanted” on its official website or any other media platform, or by harassing him.

In addition, the former pension boss sought an order of perpetual injunction to restrain the commission from further harassing him or declaring him wanted in relation to the particulars and subject matter of this suit.

Although top government officials tried to smuggle him into the country and attempted to reinstate him to office, the process backfired.

Recall that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and former Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, reportedly clashed over the leaking of a memo which revealed that Buhari was aware of the move to reinstate Maina.

Maina, who has been on the run from the Nigerian government, was arrested at a hotel in Abuja after he sneaked into the country from his Dubai, United Arab Emirates base.

The DSS might hand him over to the EFCC for trial over a questionable N2billion biometrics contract, a source told the Nation.

“Following inter-agency collaboration, intelligence report indicated that Maina had sneaked into the country from Dubai.

“He was trailed to an Abuja hotel where he was arrested after operatives outwitted those who tried to ferry him away in a bullet-proof vehicle.

“He is currently being quizzed. He is likely to be handed over to the EFCC for trial. He has a pending case since 2015,” the source said.