BREAKING: COURT ORDERS SENATOR NDUME'S REMAND OVER FAILURE TO PRODUCE MAINA
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Senator Ali Ndume at Kuje Correctional Centre for failing to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Ndume, a senator representing Borno south, stood as surety for the defendant who is facing a 12-count criminal charge levied against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Senator Ndume stood surety for Maina with a N500 million bail bond so the ex-pension boss could make bail after spending over 7 months at the Correctional Centre.
However, Maina has repeatedly failed to appear before the court for the continuation of his trial.
Recall Eons Intelligence reported that Senator Ndume told the court on October 2, that he has been unable to locate the whereabouts of Abdulrasheed Maina. He urged the court to issue an arrest warrant to enable security operatives to track and apprehend the ex pension boss.
The Court, therefore set today, November 23 for Senator Ndume to prove why he should not forfeit the N500 million bail bond to the Federal Government.
Delivering his judgement on Monday, Justice Okon Abang, ordered that Senator Ndume be remanded in prison pending the fulfillment of his bail bond, which is a forfeiture of N500 million to the federal government.
The court also empowered the federal government to sell Senator Ndume’s property at Asokoro in order to recover the N500 million bond.
Ndume will be released from Kuje once he is able to pay the N500 million or if the prosecutor is able to dispose of the property and payment made to the federal government, Justice Abang ruled.
Maina’s trial-in-absentia was adjourned to Tuesday, November 24.
Abdulrasheed Maina has been accused of laundering about N2billion, part of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.