Court Fixes February 25 For Ruling On Maina’s Bail Application

File photo of Abdulrasheed Maina at court premises

 

A former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate an order made to continue his alleged money laundering trial in absentia.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Okon Abang, had on November 18, 2020 ordered that Maina’s trial would continue in his absence after he jumped bail and refused to attend trial until he was later arrested in Niger Republic and extradited back to Nigeria to continue his trial.

At the resumed trial, Maina’s lawyer moved an application praying the court to set aside both orders made by the court considering the fact that the defendant has been brought back to face trial.

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The prosecutor, Mohammed Abubakar however objected to the application on the ground that setting aside the trial in absentia order is “tantamount to setting aside all the proceeding conducted by this court in the absence of the first defendant.”

The court also made an order remanding the defendant in prison pending the conclusion of the trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

Alleged Money Laundering: Abdulrasheed Maina Renews Application For Fresh Bail

Abdulrasheed Maina

 

A former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina has renewed his application for a fresh bail as he informed a Federal high court in Abuja that he needs the urgent attention of a medical practitioner.

At the resumed hearing of the application, counsel to Mister Maina prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on grounds of deteriorating health as he assures the court that his client has sworn an undertaking dismissing any likelihood of jumping bail.

In opposition to the bail application, Counsel to the EFCC argued that the application by the defendant on account of Ill health may afford him another opportunity to jump bail as he insists that the defendant’s condition is not life-threatening to warrant him been flown abroad for medical attention.

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The Prosecutor argues that the defendant is entitled to a medical practitioner but cannot choose the medical facility to attend. He adds that the high blood pressure suffered by the defendant is a result of mismanagement on his part as he promised that the anti-graft will provide the defendant with a specialist.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, after listening to the parties adjourned the matter to the 24 and 25th of February, 202 for the hearing of the substantive motion and ruling.

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Adjourns Maina’s Trial, Bail Hearing

A file photo of ex-pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina.
A file photo of ex-pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial and hearing of bail application of the defunct Chairman of the Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina until February 19 at the instance of his lawyer, Sani Katu.

Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter on Monday after the defence lawyer told the court that he needed more time to enable him to prepare adequately for Maina’s defence since he was coming into the matter afresh.

The lawyer, who said he was unable to meet his client at the Kuje Correctional Centre for a pre-trial conference, urged the court to adjourn the case in the interest of justice.

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Maina had in a motion on notice dated and filed on December 24, 2020, brought by his lawyer, Anayo Adibe, approached the court seeking a fresh bail due to his worsening health condition.

The judge had adjourned the hearing of the bail application until February 1 and equally fixed the continuation of trial for the same date.

However, at the resumed trial, Katu, who took over Maina’s legal team sought for an adjournment to enable him to prepare for his client’s defence.

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Fixes January 26 For Maina To Open Defence

 

The trial of a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina continued in Abuja on Monday.

At the resumed trial, the judge, Justice Okon Abang ordered the embattled former pension boss to open his defence on January 26, 2021.

Maina’s lawyer, Anayo Adibe had earlier asked for an adjournment on the ground that he is unable to proceed with his no-case submission due to his inability to access the certified true copy of the court’s record of proceedings.

The application for adjournment was opposed by the prosecutor who insists that it is only a ploy to stall the trial.

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Justice Abang after listening to both parties foreclosed the right of Maina’s counsel to present a no-case submission as he orders the defendant to open his defence on the next adjourned of January 26 and 27, 2021.

Speaking after the court ruling, Adibe told Channels Television that the legal team is very ready to open defence.

“We are very ready to open our defence but it’s just that we have made an application for the opening of no-case submission to be made which has been refused and foreclosed. We are going to appeal that.

“However, we intend to continue our representation for the first defendant. Therefore, we are very ready to open our defence.”

The Federal Government is prosecuting Mr Maina on a 12-count charge of fraud and money laundering.

Court Remands Abdulrasheed Maina At Kuje Correctional Centre

 

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Maina at Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial.

At the resumed trial on Friday, the counsel representing Maina, Adaji Abel formally withdrew and the counsel engaged by Mr Maina asked for a short adjournment to enable him to study the facts of the case.

Justice Abang granted the application for adjournment on the ground that the defendant who is presumed innocent is entitled to legal representation.

He subsequently adjourned the case to the 8th of December for a continuation of trial.

Maina’s trial had been holding in absentia after he jumped bail and ran off to the Niger Republic. A High Court in Abuja declared him wanted and subsequently he was arrested in Niamey.

The embattled former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) was extradited to Nigeria on Thursday to face his ongoing money laundering trial.

A witness on Thursday told an Abuja high court that Maina, bought a property worth $2 million in the Jabi area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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The prosecution witness, Rouqayyah Ibrahim speaking before Justice Okong Abang stated that the defendant also acquired properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States.

Ibrahim, who is the prosecution witness nine (PW9) and a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that a prosecution witness, Adamu Modibbo, who testified to the EFCC regarding the said Jabi property, reportedly died of COVID-19 after his statement to the commission.

She added that about 32 documents, hard discs, and flash drives relating to properties linked to Maina and his family and details of some of his investments in Dubai and in the US were recovered from him.

“Particularly in Dubai, investigation revealed that his company, Northrich Company owned over 50 cars that were used for transportation business and he owns a villa in a High Ground area in Dubai.

“His wife Laila Abdulrasheed also owns cleaning services, called Spotless and Flawless. We also recovered pay slips during our investigation,” Ibrahim told the court.

She also disclosed that investigation proved that another of Maina’s company, Kangolo Dynamic, does no business but that the defendant created a bank account for it in which his name did not appear anywhere on the account documentation even though he was in control of all the deposits in it.

The EFCC operative stated that the investigation showed that Colster Logistics, belonging to Maina, had a Fidelity Bank dollar account which had an inflow of over $400,000 from cash deposits as at the time the company was investigated.

She said over N500 million was discovered in the account of Kangolo Dynamic, within the years Maina was PRTT chairman.

According to the witness, in the course of the investigation, letters were written to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to verify the authenticity of the driver’s license used in opening some of the accounts; Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for Maina’s declared assets; Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), and Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), to confirm if Maina was still a civil servant and for his payslips.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was also written to for the tax returns of Maina’s companies while the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) was written to for the registration documentation of the companies and their annual returns.

After all, the documents and written responses of the government agencies were tendered as exhibits, the prosecution counsel, M.S. Abubakar, prayed the court to foreclose the right of the defendants to respond to the admissibility of the documents.

In his ruling, Justice Abang upheld the prosecution’s prayer, noting that opportunity was offered to the defendants to be in court to oppose the admissibility of the document in evidence, but they failed to appear and also failed to engage counsel of their choice.

Maina Back In Court For Trial After Extradition From Niger

 

The trial of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina has resumed in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ensured Maina was in the court having being extradited to Nigeria from the Niger Republic by the Interpol.

Mr. Maina who jumped bail before his re-arrest in Niamey, Niger is standing trial for alleged money laundering to the tune of two billion naira.

He was re-arrested after he jumped bail and was declared wanted by an Abuja High Court, however, while he was away, his trial went on in absentia.

A witness on Thursday told an Abuja high court that Maina, bought a property worth $2 million in the Jabi area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The prosecution witness, Rouqayyah Ibrahim speaking before Justice Okong Abang stated that the defendant also acquired properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States.

Ibrahim, who is the prosecution witness nine (PW9) and a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that a prosecution witness, Adamu Modibbo, who testified to the EFCC regarding the said Jabi property, reportedly died of COVID-19 after his statement to the commission.

She added that about 32 documents, hard discs, and flash drives relating to properties linked to Maina and his family and details of some of his investments in Dubai and in the US were recovered from him.

“Particularly in Dubai, investigation revealed that his company, Northrich Company owned over 50 cars that were used for transportation business and he owns a villa in a High Ground area in Dubai.

“His wife Laila Abdulrasheed also owns cleaning services, called Spotless and Flawless. We also recovered pay slips during our investigation,” Ibrahim told the court.

She also disclosed that investigation proved that another of Maina’s company, Kangolo Dynamic, does no business but that the defendant created a bank account for it in which his name did not appear anywhere on the account documentation even though he was in control of all the deposits in it.

The EFCC operative stated that the investigation showed that Colster Logistics, belonging to Maina, had a Fidelity Bank dollar account which had an inflow of over $400,000 from cash deposits as at the time the company was investigated.

She said over N500 million was discovered in the account of Kangolo Dynamic, within the years Maina was PRTT chairman.

According to the witness, in the course of the investigation, letters were written to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to verify the authenticity of the driver’s license used in opening some of the accounts; Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for Maina’s declared assets; Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), and Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), to confirm if Maina was still a civil servant and for his payslips.

Also written was the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the tax returns of his companies and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for the registration documentation of the companies and their annual returns.

After all the documents and written responses of the government agencies were tendered as exhibits, the prosecution counsel, M.S. Abubakar, prayed the court to foreclose the right of the defendants to respond to the admissibility of the documents.

In his ruling, Justice Abang upheld the prosecution’s prayer, noting that opportunity was offered to the defendants to be in court to oppose the admissibility of the document in evidence, but they failed to appear and also failed to engage counsel of their choice.

Maina Bought $2m Property in Abuja, Others In Dubai, US, Witness Tells Court

A file photo of Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

A former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, bought a property worth $2 million in the Jabi area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a prosecution witness said on Thursday.

Giving her testimony when she appeared before Justice Okong Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Rouqayyah Ibrahim stated that the defendant also acquired properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States.

Ibrahim, who is the prosecution witness nine (PW9) and a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that a prosecution witness, Adamu Modibbo, who testified to the EFCC regarding the said Jabi property, reportedly died of COVID-19 after his statement to the commission.

She added that about 32 documents, hard discs, and flash drives relating to properties linked to Maina and his family and details of some of his investments in Dubai and in the US were recovered from him.

“Particularly in Dubai, investigation revealed that his company, Northrich Company owned over 50 cars that were used for transportation business and he owns a villa in a High Ground area in Dubai.

“His wife Laila Abdulrasheed also owns cleaning services, called Spotless and Flawless. We also recovered pay slips during our investigation,” Ibrahim told the court.

She also disclosed that investigation proved that another of Maina’s company, Kangolo Dynamic, does no business but that the defendant created a bank account for it in which his name did not appear anywhere on the account documentation even though he was in control of all the deposits in it.

The EFCC operative stated that the investigation showed that Colster Logistics, belonging to Maina, had a Fidelity Bank dollar account which had an inflow of over $400,000 from cash deposits as at the time the company was investigated.

She said over N500 million was discovered in the account of Kangolo Dynamic, within the years Maina was PRTT chairman.

According to the witness, in the course of the investigation, letters were written to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to verify the authenticity of the driver’s license used in opening some of the accounts; Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for Maina’s declared assets; Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), and Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), to confirm if Maina was still a civil servant and for his payslips.

Mr Maina was extradited to Nigeria by INTERPOL on December 3, 2020, days after he was arrested in Niger Republic.

 

Also written was the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the tax returns of his companies and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for the registration documentation of the companies and their annual returns.

After all the documents and written responses of the government agencies were tendered as exhibits, the prosecution counsel, M.S. Abubakar, prayed the court to foreclose the right of the defendants to respond to the admissibility of the documents.

In his ruling, Justice Abang upheld the prosecution’s prayer, noting that opportunity was offered to the defendants to be in court to oppose the admissibility of the document in evidence, but they failed to appear and also failed to engage counsel of their choice.

He also adjourned the matter until Friday for the continuation of the trial.

Maina was tried in absentia, having jumped bail and refused to present himself for trial.

UPDATED: Maina Extradited To Nigeria After Arrest In Niger Republic

Abdulrasheed Maina accompanied by security agents after he was extradited to Nigeria following his arrest in the Niger Republic.

 

The embattled Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina has been extradited to Nigeria to face his ongoing money laundering trial.

Maina was arrested in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic after he jumped bail and was declared wanted by an Abuja High Court.

He was received on Thursday by men of the Nigeria Police Force at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

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The aircraft carrying the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team landed at the airport at 2.15 pm.

Speaking with journalists at the airport, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Interpol said Maina was brought back to Nigeria on the directive of the IGP, Mohammed Adamu.

See below photos of Maina at the airport after his extradition…

 

Maina is standing trial for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

The trial judge, Justice Abang Okon issued a warrant for his arrest after he ‘jumped bail’ and failed to appear in court.

He was said to have stopped attending his trial since September 29, 2020, prompting Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to order the remand of his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, last week.

Senator Ali Ndume, who stood as surety for Mr. Maina was remanded in prison by a court before he was eventually granted bail on November 27.

Following Maina’s extradition, the Nigeria Police Force has released a statement explaining how he was arrested and returned to Nigeria.

See the full statement of the Nigeria Police Force below…

 

ABDUL RASHEED MAINA EXTRADITED TO NIGERIA

The Nigeria Police Force has extradited Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), today, 3rd December 2020, to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic, where he was arrested having been declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction over a pending criminal trial against him.

Recall that Abdulrashid Maina was arrested on 30th November 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart. The team from INTERPOL Nigeria, led by the Commissioner of Police INTERPOL, CP Garba Umar, having completed the necessary documentation requirements and other extradition processes, flew the wanted former Pension Boss, Maina into Nigeria aboard an NPF Jet 5N-HAR and landed at exactly 1417Hrs (Nigerian Time).

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni while applauding the trans-national/inter-agency collaborations that led to the successful arrest and extradition of the wanted fugitive, assures that necessary legal actions will follow immediately.

DCP FRANK MBA

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

Maina Detained In Niger Republic, To Be Extradited Soon — Police

A file photo of Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday said the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina, will soon be extradited to Nigeria.

Maina was arrested in the Niger Republic on Monday after jumping bail and declared wanted by an Abuja High Court.

He is facing corruption charges in Nigeria.

Senator Ali Ndume, who stood as surety for Mr. Maina was remanded in prison by a court before he was granted bail on November 27.

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“Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigeria Police Force is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him,” a statement by police spokesman Frank Mba, said on Tuesday.

“Abdulrashid Maina, who was declared wanted by a court of competent jurisdiction, was arrested last night, 30th November, 2020 through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart.

“He is currently in a detention facility in the Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes.

“The Force assures the citizens, that there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed.”

Security Agents Arrest Maina In Niger Republic

A file photo of Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina has been arrested by security agents.

Although details of the arrest remain sketchy security sources confirmed to Channels Television that he has was arrested in the Niger Republic.

The security source said Maina was arrested by the operatives of the Niger Republic Intelligence Service in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday night.

Channels Television also gathered that Maina’s arrest was made possible due to an existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the neighbouring country.

The EFCC is prosecuting Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2billion.

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The trial judge, Justice Abang Okon issued a warrant for his arrest after he ‘jumped bail’ and failed to appear in court.

He was said to have stopped attending his trial since September 29, 2020, prompting Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, 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.

Justice Okon Abang 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.

 

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Fixes Friday For Ruling On Ndume’s Bail Application

A file combination of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina (L) and Senator Ali Ndume.
A file combination of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina (L) and Senator Ali Ndume.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Friday, November 27 for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been remanded in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina who is believed to have jumped bail.

Justice Okon Abang on Thursday adjourned for ruling after Senator Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application, which was opposed by the lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Abubakar.

Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering involving N2billion.

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Justice Abang had on November 18, 2020 revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would continue in absentia.

The judge also on Monday remanded Senator Ndume in prison until he produces Maina or pays the sum of N500million bail bond to the Federation Account.

Senator Ndume, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.

Court Asks Rep Member Who Stood As Surety For Faisal Maina To Re-Appear

A file photo of Faisal Maina.

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday directed a member of the House of Representatives representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, Sani Umar Dangaladima, to return to court on December 4 to answer questions over his decision to stand as a surety for Faisal Maina.

Justice Okon Abang gave the lawmaker up till December 4, 2020, to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail in his ongoing money laundering trial.

In honour of the summons issued on Tuesday, the surety appeared before the court with his lawyer, Mohammed Sheriff, on Wednesday.

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The lawyer told the court that his client drove from Zamfara State upon hearing the news of his summons on Tuesday, without waiting to be formally served with the court order.

He pleaded with the judge to grant a short adjournment to enable him to file his client’s defence.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, did not oppose the application for adjournment.

Justice Abang had on Tuesday summoned Dangaladima to appear in court to show cause why he should not be imprisoned if he failed to either produce Faisal or pay the N60million bail bond to the Federal Government.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences. He was granted bail in December 2019, with Dan Galadima standing surety for him upon signing a N60million bond.

Ruling, the judge said the lawmaker showed “tremendous respect” for the court by coming to court before he was served the summons.

He adjourned till December 4 for Faisal to open his defence and for the legislator to show cause why he should not be made to forfeit the N60m bail bond or be remanded in prison instead until he is able to produce the defendant.

Justice Okon Abang, in a ruling on the absence of Faisal Maina ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60m he pledged while taking Faisal on bail or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.