Commercial Law

Court denies ex-pension boss, Maina bail

By Olalekan Awojodu

Abuja

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina was Thursday denied bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The Judge also dismissed his request for an order to set aside the Nov. 18 and Dec. 4, 2020 orders.

In a ruling delivered by Justice Okon Abang, he held that Maina’s application for bail lacked merit.

According to the trial judge, granting bail was at the court’s discretion, saying further that the ex-pension reform boss did not deserve bail after jumping the first bail.

The judge held further that Maina did not place sufficient materials before the court to convince the court that he deserves the second bail.

He said the medical report brought from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed that Maina was not under any medical emergency.

The judge said having fled to the Republic of Niger and Chad in violation of the court order, the judge ruled: “He has disappointed the court,”

Justice Abang, who refused to grant Maina’s application for an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release his confiscated property, including a BMW Car.

But in a motion, the ex-pension boss told the court that he had reasonable and responsible sureties who were willing to act as sureties if granted bail.

Maina who debunked the argument that he had jumped bail, insisted that he fled to the Republic of Niger to have a knee surgery.

“If the knee surgery had not been done, my leg would have been amputated,” Maina said.

 

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