The Department of State Service (DSS) on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Matters (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.
In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the agency said it arrested Maina and his 20-year-old son, Faisal, at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja, on September 30.
The DSS said Faisal tried to block the arrest of his father after he pulled out a pistol, but was overpowered, disarmed and arrested.
It further said that the arrest followed a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to the Service to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
The EFCC had earlier declared Maina wanted over fraud allegations regarding the use of funds meant for Nigerian pensioners.
“Maina was arrested in the company of his 20-year-old son, Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina, who unsuccessfully tried to resist the arrest,” the DSS said.
“The lad even pulled a pistol against the security agents involved in the operation,” the statement read.
“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 bulletproof Range Rover SUV, a BMW Saloon car, foreign currencies, a Phantom 7 drone, and sensitive documents.”
The SSS further stated that the suspects and the recovered items will be handed over to the EFCC for further investigations and further actions.
The Federal Civil Service Commission had dismissed Mr Maina in 2013 for absconding from duty, following a recommendation by the office of the Head of Service.
Mr Maina was in 2012 accused of leading a massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion. Ironically, he had been drafted by the then Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2010 to sanitise a corrupt pension system.