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Former Chairman Of The Defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, Arrested In Niger Republic


Security operatives on Monday (yesterday) night effected the arrest of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, in Niger Republic.

Maina was specifically arrested by the operatives of the Niger Republic Intelligence Service in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Maina's arrest became possible consequent upon the existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the neighbouring countries.

It would be recalled that Maina is being prosecuted by the EFCC over alleged money laundering to the tune of N2bn.

Prior to Maina's arrest, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang had issued a warrant for his arrest after he ‘jumped bail’ and failed to appear in court.

Maina stopped attending trial since September 29, 2020, prompting Justice Abang to order the remand of his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, last week.

The court had also empowered the Federal Government to sell Senator Ndume’s property at Asokoro in order to recover the N500 million bond.

Justice Abang said Ndume will be released from Kuje once he is able to pay the N500 million or if the prosecutor is able to dispose of the property and payment is made to the Federal Government.

The judge later granted Ndume bail noting that the decision was based on the Senator’s record of good behaviour in court.

The bail was granted to the Senator pending the hearing and determination of his appeal filed at the Court of Appeal challenging his remand.

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