By Chinye Ndubuisi (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – For failing to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, a Federal High Court has directed that Senator Ali Ndume be detained at the Kuje Correctional Centre.
The Senator representing Borno South, stood as surety for the bail of Maina, who is standing trial on alleged money laundering charges. Maina has reportedly abstained from attending court trial sessions.
Delivering a bench ruling, Justice Okon Abang ordered Ndume’s remand pending the fulfillment of his bail bond, which is a forfeiture of N500 million to the federal government, with the court also empowering the federal government to sell Senator Ndume’s property at Asokoro to recover the N500 million bond.
Ndume can only be released from detention if he pays the N500 million, or if the prosecutor is able to dispose of the property and payment made to the federal government.
Meanwhile, Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, promised to appeal the ruling against his cient, while Maina’s trial-in-absentia was adjourned to November 24.