The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has filed for new bail application saying that he needs time to enable him adequately attend to his deteriorating health condition. Maina also assured the court that he has “reasonable and responsible sureties”, willing to stand for him if granted bail.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has already filed an application to the court to reject Maina’s new bail application. EFCC said Maina’s new bail request is just to evade arrest and flee to the United States of America where he and his family are citizens.
Maina who was first granted bail on November 26, 2019, sneaked to Niger Republic to obtain new travel documents at the US Embassy in Niamey to enable him flee to the US but was arrested in Niamey, Niger Republic, on 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart, after he was declared wanted by Justice Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja for jumping bail.
EFCC noted that Maina needed to seek fresh travel documents because his earlier ones had been deposited with the Registrars of the Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory as part of the conditions attached to the bail granted to him in November 2019.
EFCC is prosecuting Maina and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd on a 12-count charge of operating fictitious bank accounts, corruption, and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.
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