Just In: Court Sends Maina To Prison

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, has been remanded in prison pending the end of his trial.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, made the order following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar.

Maina who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2bn money laundering charges had jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Niger.

He, however, appeared in court for the first time on Friday following his extradition to Nigeria on Thursday.

Justice Abang while ruling on the EFCC’s application for a remand order, said, “The defendant is already on bench warrant having jumped bail.

“So he shall be remanded in correctional centre pending the conclusion of the trial.” The judge adjourned the trial till December 8.

Recall that Maina who is under prosecution on N2bn money laundering charges jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Niger.

He was, however, extradited to Nigeria on Thursday weeks after the court revoked his bail, ordered his arrest and also noted that his trial would proceed in his absence pending when security agencies would produce him.

Maina last attended court in July and has subsequently missed up to six court sessions since September 29.

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