Court Fixes Date To Deliver Ruling In Maina’s Bail Application

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed November 7 for the ruling on the bail application filed by the former Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Okon Abang fixed the date after taking arguments from the defence and prosecution counsel.

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Concise News reports that the EFCC charged Maina with 12 counts bordering on “money laundering, operating fictitious bank accounts and fraud.”

However, Maina pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

This news medium had reported that Justice Abang had earlier 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.