Court Remands Senator Ndume In Prison After Failing To Produce Maina

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday remanded Senator Ali Ndume at Kuje Correctional Centre for failing to produce in court the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Ndume, who is representing Borno south Senatorial Constituency, stood as surety for Maina after the court granted him bail in his trial over alleged money laundering charges.

However, Maina has repeatedly failed to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

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Justice Abang held that having failed to produce the Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail and having failed to show cause why he should not forfeit his bail bond, ordered that Ndume should only be released if he meets either of three conditions.

“First is that he pays N500 million bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evident 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 N500 million realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.

Ndume was immediately led away from the courtroom shortly after the judge’s pronouncement.

20th April 2024
Nigerian Pantagraph