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Alleged Money Laundering: Court Revokes Maina’s Bail, Orders Arrest

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the arrest of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.

In a ruling on Wednesday, Justice Okon Abang adjudged Maina to have jumped bail regarding his trial involving N2 billion money laundering charges.

Justice Abang also revoked the bail earlier granted to the defendant.

He ordered all security agencies in the country to arrest Maina “wherever he may be found” and produce him in court “without delay.”

The judge also ordered that the his trial would proceed in his absence pending when he would be produced in court.

The orders followed the applications by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abubakar.

He cited sections 184 and 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, to back his prayers, that the absence of Maina from the proceedings of September 29, 30, October 2, and 19, 2020 as well as Wednesday without any reasonable excuse was enough reasons to make the orders.

Justice Abang agreed with Abubakar, saying, “He [Maina] cannot hold the court at ransom.”

The judge subsequently fixed November 23 for Maina’s surety, Senator Ali Ndume, to appear in court and show cause why he should not be remanded in prison and forfeit his N500 million bail bond pending when he would be able to produce Maina.

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