Court Orders Arrest Of Maina’s Son As It Is Continuing With The Money-Laundering Trial

Faisal Maina, Son Of Abdulrasheed Maina

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has on Tuesday ordered for the arrest of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges. Justice Okon Abang revoked Faisal’s bail and ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when security operatives would be able to arrest and produce him in court.

Wakeupafrica360 gathered also that the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladinma who is representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State to equally appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal. On Tuesday during the money laundering trial of Faisal Maina, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar brought to the notice of the court that Faisal Maina and Hon. Dangaladinma both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020. He therefore applied the revocation of Maina’s son bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. He also went further to applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of the same Administration of Criminal Justice Act. According to Abubakar, “My third application is for the issuance of summons on the surety, and for him to show cause why he should not forfeit the bail bond, ” The judge granted the prayers and adjourned till Wednesday.

Let us recall that Justice Okon Abang had on November 18, issued a similar order against his father, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is facing separate N2.1bn money laundering charges before the court. On Monday, Justice Okon Abang, sent Maina’s surety, Senator Ali Ndume, to jail for his inability to produce the fleeing defendant in court. He, however, gave three conditions upon which Ndume can regain his freedom. First is that he pays N500m bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evidence of such payment in court or the FG sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledge as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500m realized into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.

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On other news making the rounds at this hour, a request by the President Muhammadu Buhari to refund N148,141,969,161.24 to Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo State Governments for projects which were carried out on behalf of the Federal Government, has been approved by the Senate. The approval was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts Chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP – Edo Central). In the presentation, most of the Federal highways in the beneficiary states where said projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.” According to him, “series of visits were carried out by the Federal Ministry it Works and Housing on all Federal Roads completed by the States and ascertained that the quality off work done met the required standard.” The lawmaker further said states like Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo States had begun the projects since 2005 till date. He said although the state governments had completed all projects, as well as paid all contractors, the Federal Bureau of Procurement on its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.

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