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Court Orders Arrest Of Maina’s Son, Summons Surety

Federal High Court in Abuja has revoked the bail granted to Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, and ordered his arrest for jumping bail.

The court further ordered that his trial on money laundering charges would proceed despite his absence until the security agencies would arrest and produce him in court.

The judge, Justice Okon Abang, summoned Faisal’s surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, to appear in court to give reasons why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.

The order for Faisal’s arrest came barely six days after the same court, on November 18, issued

Recall that Faisal’s father, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been up with a similar order of N2.1bn money laundering charges before the court.

On Monday, Justice Okon Abang, sent Maina’s surety, Senator Ali Ndume, to jail for his inability to produce the fleeing defendant in court.

At the resumed hearing of Faisal’s trial on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, said both the defendant and his surety had not attended court since June 24, 2020.

Neither Faisal, his surety, nor his lawyer was present at the Tuesday’s proceedings.

Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administraton of Criminal Justice Act.

The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.

“My third application is for the issuance of summons on the surety, and for him to show cause why he should not forfeit the bail bond,” Abubakar added.

The judge granted the prayers and adjourned till Wednesday.

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