The Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Lawal Daura, admitted on Thursday that he advised the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to meet with Abdulrasheed Maina, abroad
Daura, while giving his submission on Thursday to the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating Maina’s controversial reinstatement and promotion in the civil service, however said he advised him to do so in presence of a third party.
“The Attorney General l of the Federation sometime in 2016 or 2015 (can’t remember the exact day) because it was not through a formal document, placed a call to me when he was outside the country and intimated me on a request he got through a source that Maina wanted to meet him.
“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,” Daura said.
The security chief said the Attorney General complied and met Maina in the presence of a third party.
On the accusation of the SSS shielding Mr. Maina, Daura said Maina had approached the service with a letter alleging threat to his life and therefore requested for protection.
He said “the letter was scrutinised and fears expressed by Maina were also to a large extent established”.
He said the Service decided to look into the matter so as to protect Maina.
“Because of the right to life which is guaranteed by our constitution universally recognized, Maina’s case was directed to be looked into so as not to allow his life to be in jeopardy.”
Daura said no agency, including the EFCC, wrote the SSS seeking to arrest Maina.
He added that the Service has nothing to do with the reinstatement of Maina and his subsequent promotion.
Maina is wanted for alleged pension fraud and is currently on the run from the anti-graft agency, the EFCC.