Maina requests bail again over health condition

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Former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina on Wednesday approached Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja for another bail in his N2 billion fraud trial.

In a motion on notice dated and filed on December 24, 2020, with charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/258/19 brought by his lawyer Anayo Adibe, Mr Maina said the application became necessary over his worsening health condition.

Justice Abang, who said it was not convenient for the court to hear the matter, adjourned the hearing of the application until February 1.

The former pension boss was last year granted bail in the sum of N500 million, stopped attending proceedings, setting Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South, who stood as his surety, against the law.

Justice Abang revoked Maina’s bail and issued a warrant of arrest against him and remanded his surety in prison.

He later granted Ndume bail on account of “good behaviour” and continued Maina’s trial in absentia.

Maina was rearrested in Niger Republic where he had taken refuge, and was extradited to Nigeria on December 3, 2020.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on December 4, 2020, brought him back before the court to continue his trial.

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