Court revokes Faisal Maina’s bail, commences trial father in absentia

Posted by News Express | 24 November 2020 | 502 times

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•Ex-Pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina and son Faisal Maina


The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered the revocation of bail granted to Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, for failure to appear for his trial.

Justice Okon Abang, who made the order, also issued a bench warrant for his arrest “anywhere he is sighted by security agencies.”

Justice Abang, in addition, issued a summon on Faisal’s surety, Rep. Sani Umar Dan-Galadima, who represents Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to appear before the court on Wednesday, to show cause why the bail bond should not be forfeited.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the court had, on Nov. 26, 2019, admitted Faisal to bail in the sum of N60 million with a surety in the like sum who must be a member of the House of Representatives.

Dan-Galadima had deposed to an affidavit of means, on Dec. 11, 2019, to always come to court at every adjourned date and produce Faisal in court.

Also on Monday, the Federal High Court in Abuja commenced the trial of Faisal’s father, Abdulrasheed Maina, for alleged money laundering.

Maina and his company, were, however, absent for the hearing, likewise his counsel.

As a result of the absence of the defendants and their counsels, Justice Okon Abang fore-closed their rights to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses who was present in court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Mr Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

Justice Abang, after listening to the testimony of the sixth prosecution witness, adjourned the matter to November 25, 2020 for continuation of trial.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has revoked the bail granted to Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina who is standing trial for alleged fraud to the tune of N58million.

Faisal Maina who is the son of the ex-pensions boss is also being accused of operating accounts that were used as conduits for illegal transactions.

At the resumed trial on Tuesday in Abuja, Justice Abang revoked his bail for failing to appear in court as the defendant was also not represented by a counsel. (NAN/Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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