I advised Malami to meet with Maina – DSS DG, Daura

Appearing before the House of Representatives panel investigating the former pensions boss, Abdulrasheed Maina on Thursday, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, says he advised the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to meet with Mr Maina.

Highlights:

  • He gave the advice after Mr Malami sought his opinion on whether or not to hold the meeting.

“The attorney general of the federation sometime in 2016 or 2015, because it was not through a formal document, placed a call to me when he was outside the country,” he said.

“He wanted me to advise him whether to agree to see Maina or not in that foreign country.

“I responded to the attorney general that he should accept to see Maina but he should not see him alone. He should see him with a third party which he did.”

  • Daura also said the DSS provided security for Mr Maina’s after the former pension boss sent a letter, claiming that his life is in danger.

He added: “The letter was scrutinised and fears expressed by Maina were also to a large extent established.

“Because of the right to life which is guaranteed by our constitution universally recognised, Maina’s case was directed to be looked into so as not to allow his life to be in jeopardy.”

  • He said no agency has written to the DSS seeking to arrest Maina, and added that the secret police had nothing to do with his reinstatement.

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