In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, October, 2020

You Should Present Maina Inside 21 Days

You Must Provide Maina Within 21 Days

Ali Ndume

Ali Ndume

 

A Nigerian senator, Ali Ndume has been given 21 days to provide Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

The order was given immediately by the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja ordering Ndume to provide the previous Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Activity Staff, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been absent from over 10 scheduled trial classes since September 2020.

 

Justice Okon Abang, in issuing the ultimatum, ordered that Ndume who’s Maina’s bail surety, threatened that the senator may very well be detained ought to he fail to provide the defendant in courtroom on November 18.

 

Each the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee and Ndume individually urged the courtroom to order Maina’s arrest on Monday.

 

However the choose defined that he couldn’t order Maina’s arrest with out ordering the detention of his surety.

 

He mentioned he was extra inclined to offer the senator three extra weeks to seek out and produce the defendant in courtroom.

 

Though Maina was absent from Monday’s proceedings, his supporters sustained a adverse marketing campaign in opposition to the choose by pasting posters accusing the choose of bias within the dealing with of the trial on partitions of neighbouring buildings across the courtroom premises.

 

Maina, who’s being prosecuted by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee on cash laundering expenses involving N2bn, has been absent from courtroom since September 29, 2020, when his trial was scheduled to renew.

 

On October 2, 2020, Ndume who’s at the moment the Senator representing Borno South, the senatorial district Maina hails from, advised Justice Abang that he might now not discover the defendant.

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In response, the prosecuting counsel, Farouk Abdullah, advised the choose that Maina had jumped bail, saying the fee’s unbiased investigation confirmed that the defendant was not in admission on the hospital the place he claimed to be receiving therapy.

 

However Maina, in a video clip circulated on totally different on-line platforms, mentioned he had not absconded from his ongoing trial however was affected by knee accidents.

 

He mentioned he wouldn’t seem in courtroom till he was licensed healed by his medical doctors.

 

On the resumed listening to on Monday, the prosecution counsel, Abdullah, famous that Maina was absent from the proceedings and the earlier courtroom classes with out providing any rationalization.

 

He urged the courtroom to grant three requests, one in every of which was an utility for an order revoking the bail granted the defendant.

 

The EFCC’s lawyer additionally requested the courtroom to order Ndume to pay the N500m bail sum backing the bail bond he entered into to safe the bail granted Maina.

 

He additionally sought an order for the trial of the defendant to proceed within the absence of the defendant as stipulated in part 352(four) of the Administration of Prison Justice Act, 2015, regarding absentee defendants.

 

When requested by the judgment about his consumer’s whereabouts, the defence lawyer, Francis Oronsaye, mentioned the knowledge he had was that his consumer was on hospital admission after present process surgical procedure.

 

He, nevertheless, opposed the appliance searching for the revocation of his consumer’s bail however requested the prosecution counsel to file a proper utility to allow him to file a reply.

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The choose then turned to Ndume, asking him about Maina’s whereabouts.

 

Responding, Ndume mentioned, “I perceive that the defendant is in Abuja and I did all I can to find him with none particular consequence.”

 

He mentioned he had reported the defendant to the Director-Common of the Division of State Service, the Assistant Inspector Common of Police, Investigations.

 

“I had reported to the DG SSS, the AIG of Police Investigation; the Fee of Police in Abuja and the Divisional Police Workplace in Jabi, Abuja.”

 

Urging the courtroom to challenge a warrant for Maina’s arrest, Ndume mentioned, “Even when I see Maina immediately, I can’t power him to come back to courtroom.

 

“I’m interesting to you to challenge a warrant on him,” he added.

 

Expressing regrets for agreeing to face as Maina’s surety, Ndume mentioned he had solely met the defendant as soon as when he visited him in jail whereas he was in detention ready to satisfy his bail situation.

 

He mentioned he was prevailed on by former governors of Abia, Plateau, and Taraba States, Orji Uzor Kalu, Joshua Dariye, and Jolly Nyame, who had been then present process totally different jail phrases for corruption within the Abuja jail, to face as Maina’s surety.

 

“It took me eight months my lord to take that call. In reality, I needed to be given an indemnity by his uncle; signed by me, he and a lawyer that Maina would all the time be in courtroom,” he added.

 

However responding Justice Abang mentioned he couldn’t order Maina’s arrest with out ordering the senator’s detention.

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The choose then gave Ndume 21 days to provide the defendant in courtroom.

 

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