Abdulrasheed Maina

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has handed over the ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Andulrasheed Maina, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution for alleged fraud.

Maina had been charged alongside ex-Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, and others before the  Federal High Court in Abuja on  24 counts bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretences, in July 2015.

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Concise News had reported that Maina was arrested on Monday in Abuja by operatives of the DSS.

The DSS had claimed Maina’s 20-year-old son Faisal pulled a gun on its operatives in an attempt to resist his father’s arrest on Monday.

The DSS said Maina and his son would be handed over to the EFCC for further investigations.

Confirming the arrest of the ex-PRTT chief at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja, the DSS said they, however, disarmed the final year Telecoms Engineering student of Canadian University Dubai and arrested him along with his fugitive father.

The DSS said they recovered a pistol with live ammunition, a bullet-proof Range Rover SUV, a BMW Saloon, foreign currencies, a Phantom 7 drone from Maina, who had been on the wanted list of the EFCC in the past four years over alleged N2.1bn pension fraud.

Spokesman for the agency, Dr Peter Afunnaya, said in a statement on Wednesday Maina’s arrest was made possible by the renewed inter-agency cooperation.

Afunnaya said the fugitive was arrested during a combined operation.

He said, “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 with his 20-year- old son, Faisal Maina, who unsuccessfully tried to resist arrest.

“The lad even pulled a pistol on the security agents involved in the operation. He was, however, disarmed and arrested. He is a final year student at the Canadian University Dubai where he is studying Telecoms Engineering.”

The statement added, “Items recovered from the suspects included a pistol with live ammunition, a bullet-proof Range Rover SUV, a BMW Saloon car, foreign currencies, a Phantom 7 drone and sensitive documents.”