Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-Pension Boss, Maina, His Trial In Absentia

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The of Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, has been ordered by the in Abuja.

Abdulrasheed Maina is adjudged have jumped bail regarding his involving N2bn money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang made the order in Wednesday’ ruling in which he also revoked the bail earlier granted the fleeing defendant.

He ordered all security agencies in the country Maina “wherever he may be found” and produce him in court, “without delay”.

The judge also ordered that the defendant’ would proceed in his absence pending when the defendant would be produced in court.

He made the orders following the applications by the and Financial Crimes Commission’ prosecuting counsel, Mr Mohammed Abubakar.

The court agreed Abubakar, who cited sections 184 and 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, back his , That the absence of Maina from the proceedings of September 29, 30, October 2, and 19, 2020 as well as Wednesday without any reasonable excuse enough reasons to make the orders.

“He cannot hold the court at ransom,” the judge said.

He fixed November 23 for Maina’a surety, Ali Ndume, to appear in court to show cause he should be remanded in prison and forfeit his N500m bail bond pending when he would be able to produce the defendant.