Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that Senator Ali Ndume be remanded in prison (Kuje Correctional Centre) over his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team. Ndume stood as surety for Maina who is now no where to be found and is being tried in absentia.
In a bench ruling delivered by Justice Okon Abang, the court ordered that Ndume should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the fulfillment of his bail bond, which is a forfeiture of N500 million to the federal government. The court also empowered the federal government to sell Senator Ndume’s property at Asokoro in order to recover the N500 million bond.
Justice Abang added that Ndume will be released from Kuje Correctional Centre once he is able to pay the N500 million or if the prosecutor is able to dispose of the property and payment made to the federal government.
Ndume’s councel has vowed to appeal the court’s ruling and Maina’s trial-in-absentia continues tomorrow 24 November 2020.
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