Thursday, October 3, 2019

DSS hands Maina to EFCC for prosecution

The  Department of State Services has handed over Andulrasheed Maina to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution.

A senior EFCC official, who confirmed the development to Punch said the ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, who was arrested on Monday,  was quizzed by operatives immediately.

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.

Confirming the arrest of the ex-PRTT chief at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja, the secret police 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.