How DSS Arrested Abdulrasheed Maina

The former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, who was placed on wanted list by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).


He was taken into custody alongside his 20 year old son, a student at the Canadian University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates on the request of the EFCC to the DSS to assist in apprehending him.

Confirming the arrest, the spokesman of the Service, Dr. Peter Afunanya gave details of how they were nabbed in a hotel in Abuja.

The statement reads:

This is to confirm that the Department of State Services (DSS), in a combined operation, on 30th September, 2019, arrested Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

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 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 bullet proof 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.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters,
2nd October, 2019

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