Abdulrasheed Maina

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured a court order to detain Abdulrasheed Maina and his son, Faisal, pending the conclusion of an investigation against them.

A statement by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the order from the FCT High Court, Bwari, was to keep the suspects for two weeks.

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The EFCC also said that Faisal had been handed over to the police for investigation for pulling a gun on security agents who came to arrest his father.

Concise News reports that the 20-year-old tried to prevent his father from being arrested at Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja, last week.

But while Faisal has a date with the police, his father yesterday underwent “marathon interrogation” at the EFCC

The ex-pension boss is expected to justify how he came about 40 assets and thousands of transactions in banks linked with him.

Detectives had earlier discovered that Maina actually used the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of his relations, including sisters, to open some fictitious accounts.

The statement reads: “The order, which was given on October 7, 2019, following an ex parte application by the anti-graft agency, empowers the commission to remand the defendants in its custody for an initial period of 14 days.

“The court, however, noted that the order is ‘subject to be reviewed, if necessary’.

“Maina and his son were arrested at an Abuja Hotel by the Department of State Services, following a request by the commission.

“They were subsequently handed to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution on allegations of fraud and money laundering.”