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Metro: Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-Pension Boss, Maina, Trial In Absentia



Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the arrest of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, following the repeated failure to appear for the continuation of the trial on money laundering charges.

Okon Abang, the judge, who gave the orders in the decision on Wednesday, as reported, also revoked the bail earlier granted the fleeing defendant.



Abang ordered all security agencies in the country to catch Maina “wherever he may be found” and produced in court, “without delay”.

Mohammed Abubakar, Lawyer Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, while making the application, told the court that the former pension boss, who was granted bail in the sum of N500m with a surety in like sum, who must be a serving senator, had jumped bail.

The court agreed with the EFCC that Maina’s absence from the trial on four consecutive dates was without convincing or verifiable evidence.

Remember that Maina spent more than seven months in detention in Kuje Correctional Center before the court released him on bail after Senator Ndume agreed to bail him


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