Court Remands Senator Ali Ndume In Prison Custody Over Maina’s Case

The lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district, Senator Ali Ndume, has been ordered on Monday by a federal high court to be remanded in prison.

The order came after his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, whom he stood as surety for in his corruption and money laundering trial.

The high court, sitting in Abuja was presided over by Justice Okon Abang and ordered Senator Ndume to be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

Court Remands Senator Ali Ndume In Prison Custody Over Maina Case
Senator Ali Ndume being led out of the courtroom by an official of the Nigerian Correctional Service, after he was remanded in custody by the Federal High Court in Abuja for failing to produce ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina for trial on money laundering charge.

Justice Abang, however, gave three conditions upon which Ndume can regain his freedom. First is that he pays N500m bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evidence of such payment in court or the FG sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledge as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500m realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.

Shortly after the pronouncement by the Judge, Senator Ndume was led away from the courtroom by security operatives.

Last week, the court revoked Maina’s bail after his refusal to appear in court on several occasions without advancing any reason.

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