BREAKING: Court orders Maina to remain in prison till trial ends

BREAKING: Court orders Maina to remain in prison till trial ends

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the remand of the former chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Abulrasheed Maina, in prison, till the end of his trial.

Justice Okon Abang made the order following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar.

At the resumed hearing, the EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, urged the court to make an order for Maina’s remand in correctional centre for jumping 

He said Maina was produced in court today (Friday) following the court order for his bail revocation and issuance of bench warrant for his arrest.

Mr Maina who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2 billion money laundering charges had jumped bail and fled to Republic of Niger.

He was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday about two weeks after the court revoked his bail, ordered his arrest and directed that his trial would proceed in his absence pending when security agencies would be able to apprehend him.

He was produced in court by the EFCC operatives ahead of the Friday’s proceeding.

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

His trial has since proceeded in his absence following the court’s order of Nov. 18, which the judge, Justice Okon Abang, issued following the defendant’s repeated absence from court.

Besides, his surety, Sen. Ali Ndume, was imprisoned by the court for his inability to produce him in court but later granted bail after spending five days in detention.