Maina bail request to evade arrest, flee to US – EFCC

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday said former Chairman Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina’s bail request is to evade arrest and flee to the States America.

Commission a fresh document said Maina wanted to flee to where he and his family are equally citizens.

said, “After jumping bail, Maina sneaked to to obtain travel documents at Embassy Niamey to enable him flee back to the where he and his family are equally citizens.”

The EFCC noted that Maina decided to go for fresh travel documents because his earlier ones had been deposited with the Registrars the Federal High and the High the Federal Capital Territory as part the conditions attached to the bail granted him last year by both courts.

The commission, which filed the document opposition to a fresh bail application by Maina, cautioned the court against admitting him to bail again view of his antecedents.

The EFCC faulted Maina’s claim of deteriorating , and on which he hinged his fresh bail application.

“The first defendant (Maina) did not suffer or undergo any treatment for any challenge in his knee whether in Nigeria or the ,” the commission said.

added that had on October 2, 2020 filed an affidavit to debunk the false claims of the first defendant about undergoing treatment of his knee at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja.

Recall that the ex-Pension Reform Task Team chairman is being tried on money laundering charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja and was later found by the court to have jumped bail and fled to the .

Upon an arrest warrant issued by the court, Maina was later apprehended in the neighbouring country and returned to Nigeria by security agents.

The commission in the counter-affidavit filed by its lead prosecuting lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, asked the court to reject the bail application.

Maina had in his application, said that he needed to enable him adequately attend to his deteriorating condition.

He assured the court that he has “reasonable and responsible sureties”, willing to stand for him if granted bail.