The Department of State Services (DSS) has accused Faisal Maina, the 20-year-old son of former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, of pulling a gun and attempting to shoot operatives of the security agency during the arrest of his father.
KanyiDaily had reported that Maina was arrested in a hotel in Abuja on Monday, September 30, 2019, after he sneaked into the country from Dubai.
Confirming Maina’s arrest on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunanya, 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. He added:
“Maina was arrested in company with his 20-year-old son, Faisal, 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 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.”
AbdulRasheed Maina has been on the agency’s radar for over four years over N2.1billion biometrics contract.