Alleged Money Laundering: Court Dismisses Maina’s Bail Application
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, refused to grant the fresh bail application of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, on grounds of lacking merit.
Justice Okon Abang said though it was at the court's discretion to grant bail, the ex-pension reform boss did not deserve a fresh bail after jumping the first one.
He added that Maina did not place sufficient materials before the court to convince it that he deserves a second bail.
He said the medical report brought from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed that Maina was not under any medical emergency.
Justice Abang said Maina was a proven flight-risk having fled to the Republic of Niger and Chad in violation of a court order.
The Court also refused to grant Maina’s application for an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release his confiscated property, including a BMW Car.
The court on November 18, 2020, ordered the trial of Maina in absentia after he jumped bail.
Also on December 4, 2020, the court ordered Maina to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and final determination of his matter.