The fleeing ex-Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) Chairman, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been reportedly nabbed in Niger Republic, where he was taking refuge since absconding trial by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
He was arrested yesterday evening by the combined efforts of Niger Republic intelligence team and Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, following a bilateral intelligence agreement between the two countries, The State Online has gathered.
The fleeing Maina is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alongside his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, on a 12-count charge of operating fictitious bank accounts, corruption and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion, for which the commission has, so far, called six witnesses.
Maina was granted bail in the sum of N1 billion on November 26, 2019, which was later varied on January 28, 2020 to N500 million with a senator as surety, and further varied on June 29, 2020, leading to a volunteer by Senator Ali Ndume of Borno State as his surety.
Since his release on bail, the trial has been adjourned on four consecutive occasions without Maina making an appearance. As a result, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on November 18, 2020, issued a bench warrant on him, revoked his bail and ruled to try him in absentia.
The disappearance of Maina had necessitated Justice Abang to order the remand of his surety, Senator Ali Ndume in prison custody, forfeit the N500 million bail bond to the Federal Government by paying the sum into the Federation Account; dispose his Asokoro, Abuja property by the Federal Government in order to realize the bail bond or in the final alternative, produce the fleeing Maina in court, while the session lasted. Ndume’s failure to choose any of the options resulted in his being led away by officers of NCoS.
The EFCC Spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, was said to have feigned ignorance on the matter, as he was yet to be briefed.
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