The EFCC is arraigning the former pension task team chairman on a 12-count charge bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.” (image courtesy: Channels TV)

The Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned for hearing the bail application filed by former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) Abdulrasheed Maina, until November 6.

Justice Okon Abang gave the ruling on Wednesday after taking the arguments of the defence and prosecution counsel.

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Concise News had reported that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ordered the EFCC to remand Maina in the Nigerian Correctional Service centre.

Maina, who was arraigned alongside his son, Faisal, pleaded not guilty to the 12 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Abang also ordered prison authorities to ensure Maina is given access to his lawyers, as he has four days to prepare his defence.

The presiding judge stressed that the trial will be from day to day as no frivolous application for adjournment shall be entertained in the course of the trial.

The Department of State Services (DSS) had, on 30 September, 2019, arrested Maina and his son at an Abuja hotel and subsequently handed them over to the EFCC on 2 October for further investigation and prosecution on allegations of fraud and money laundering to the tune of N2.1 billion.

The Federal Civil Service Commission dismissed him in 2013 for “absconding from duty” but he returned to the country in 2017 and was reinstated as a director in the interior ministry.