Maina’s Son Has Fled To U.S.A, EFCC’s Lawyer Tells Court

A file photo of Faisal Maina during his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alerted a Federal High Court in Abuja that Faisal Maina, son of the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina is on the run to the United States Of America (USA).

Faisal, who is standing trial on charges of money laundering, had jumped bail refusing to attend trial since November 24, 2020.

At the resumed trial, the lawyer to the anti-graft agency, Mohammed Abubakar told the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, that from the information at the disposal of the commission, Faisal Maina sneaked to the USA through the Republic of Niger despite his Nigerian and American passports still with the registry of the court.

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“We have a bench warrant of the court for the arrest of the defendant and his apprehension before the court.

“We have been making serious efforts to execute the bench warrant but it has met challenges. The defendant has absconded to the USA,” EFCC lawyer told the court.

Faisal Maina’s lawyer, Anayo Adibe however disputed the claim of the prosecution as he insists that his client was arrested by the Nigeria Police Force in Sokoto. He urged the court to open an inquiry as to the true whereabouts of his client.

“The defendant personally called me the day he was taken into custody in Sokoto. Since then, every effort made to reach the defendant has been abortive. His phones are switched off.

“We are afraid for his life. We urge the court to cause an inquiry into the whereabouts of the defendant,” Adibe told the court.

Earlier in the course of the sitting, Justice Abang, in a committal proceeding, ordered Faisal’s surety, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadima representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to forfeit a N60million  property used as a bail bond.

The further trial has been adjourned to March 31, 2021.

EFCC Confirms Arrest Of Maina’s Fleeing Son, Faisal

A file photo of Faisal Maina during his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

Faisal Maina, the son of the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has been arrested.

He was rearrested by security operatives on Wednesday night after he was declared wanted by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed Faisal’s arrest to the court on Thursday, almost six months after the 21-year-old jumped bail on June 24.

In a ruling on November 24, the court revoked Faisal’s bail and issued a bench warrant for security agencies to arrest him wherever he was found.

He is facing three counts of false asset declaration and money laundering to the tune of N58 million – charges filed against him by the anti-graft agency.

During Thursday’s plenary, Justice Okong Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned until December 21, for the adoption of the final written address of the EFCC on Faisal’s trial.

He noted that the court would also rule on EFCC’s application for committal to prison of Mr Sani Galadima, who stood as surety to Faisal on the same adjourned date.

“This matter is hereby adjourned at the instance of the surety till December 21, 2020, for ruling on the committal application made by the prosecution and again adjourned for the adoption of a final written address for the prosecution,” the judge was quoted as saying.

In asking for an adjournment, Faisal’s new lawyer, Anayo Adibe, sued for time to be acquainted with the case, while Galadima’s lawyer, M.E. Sheriff, informed the court that he got news of the defendant’s arrest and craved for time to confirm the development.

“I was reliably informed that the defendant was arrested last (Wednesday) night and is in custody.

“I will be asking for an adjournment and the suspension of the committal proceedings to allow the court ascertain the authenticity or otherwise of the defendant status,” Sheriff said.

Although Justice Abang refused Adibe’s application for adjournment, the judge granted that of Sheriff.

Maina’s Son Made Contradictory Statements to EFCC, Court – Witness

A file photo of Faisal Maina.

 

The trial of Faisal Maina before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja continued on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, with the testimony of the third prosecution witness, Rouqayya Ibrahim, a Principal Detective Superintendent (PDS) with the EFCC.

Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman, Pension Reform Task Team, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a three-count of money laundering and false declaration of assets.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

Uwujaren in the statement explained that the witness in his testimony stated that Faisal Maina made contradictory statements concerning the registration of a company he allegedly used in siphoning funds to the tune of N58million.

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According to Ibrahim, the defendant stated upon interrogation that Northrich Properties International Nigeria Limited was registered by one Barrister Oladosu F Ariyo; that the names of its directors are: Abdurrasheed Faisal, Muhammed Abore and Salisu Maina Maina Usman and that he received payments through bank transfer from one Alhaji Abdullahi of Faisal Farms.

“We asked him questions regarding his written statement of October 3, 2019, regarding the company because we noticed that he did not declare his assets. And also, regarding Faisal Farms’ bank account and the funding of the account, Faisal, stated that the company, Faisal Farms, has two signatories, his father, himself and that he was a signatory to the account,” the witness said, revealing in the contrary, that Faisal Farms does not have a farm, and that the defendant told the EFCC in his statement that the account was his personal account, funded by his parents.

According to the PW3, the defendant was shown the deed of assignment between one Mrs. Rose AF Molueke and Faisal Abdurrasheed Maina concerning a house bought for him by his father in 2003, and he denied knowing the buyers of the said house and plots of land.

“When he filed the asset declaration form, there is a space for the immovable asset in or outside Nigeria and he declared only one house as a gift from his father, but he did not declare the house that I just read out from his statement of  October 4, 2019, and there is also a part in the asset declaration form, part ‘K’ where he is supposed to mention if there are properties where he has interest as a beneficiary, trustee or being filled on his behalf, all were filled as none,” the witness said.

The witness further pointed out that there were companies and properties the defendant failed to declare and was also operating an account which he is not the owner of the business name.

Faisal Maina has not been in court nor sent legal representation in the four consecutive adjournments of his trial since November 26, 2019, when he was released on bail, prompting Justice Abang to revoke his bail and issue a bench warrant against him.

He also ruled that his trial will continue in his absence on November 18, 2020.

Additionally, the judge ruled that his surety, Hon Sani Umar San Galadima, of the House of Representatives, representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State should appear in court on Wednesday to show cause why he should not forfeit his N60million bail bond for his failure to produce the defendant in court.

The matter was adjourned till December 4, 2020, for a hearing on the application for forfeiture of the surety’s bail bond.

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.

Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

A file photo of Faisal Maina.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has revoked the bail granted to Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina who is standing trial for alleged fraud to the tune of N58million.

Faisal Maina who is the son of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina is also being accused of operating accounts that were used as conduits for illegal transactions.

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At the resumed trial on Tuesday in Abuja, Justice Okon Abang revoked the bail of Faisal Maina for failing to appear in court as the defendant was also not represented by a counsel.

Justice Abang also ordered Mister Faisal Maina’s surety to appear in court at the next sitting as he adjourned the trial to November 25, 2020.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier on Tuesday commenced the trial of  Abdulrasheed Maina in absentia.

As a result of the absence of the defendants and their counsels, Justice Okon Abang fore-closed their rights to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses who was present in court.

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

Alleged Money Laundering: Faisal Maina’s Trial Resumes In Abuja

A file photo of Faisal Maina.

 

The trial of Mr. Faisal Maina, son of the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is currently ongoing at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The young Maina is standing trial for alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

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The trial judge had admitted three statements made by Mr. Faisal to the EFFC as evidence, a letter to the EFFC by the DSS on the same matter and some CAC documents for 5 companies said to be linked to Mr. Maina.

He is standing trial alongside his father who is defending charges of money laundering, operating fictitious accounts and other fraudulent activities.

More to follow…

Court Remands Maina’s Son In Kuje Correctional Facility

A file photo of Faisal Maina.

 

 

Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina, the son of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina who is a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team will now be in Kuje correctional facility after weeks in the custody of the Nigeria Police.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his transfer on Wednesday at the request of Faisal’s lawyer, Mohammed Monguno, who made an application to that effect.

Faisal was arraigned on October 25 on a three-count of money laundering and illegal operation of an account.

He was, however, granted bail in the sum of N60 million on November 26.

Meanwhile, the trial of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina also continued at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

A prosecution witness, Fatima Abdullahi, told the court that she was not aware of the companies and bank accounts opened in her name by the defendant.

Mrs Abdullahi, the younger sister to Mr Maina and a civil servant, gave her testimony behind a screen where her face could only be seen by the judge.

She informed the court that she shared the same parents with the defendants and became aware of the companies registered in her name only when she was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kaduna State.

In his ruling, Justice Abang adjourned the case until December 16 for the continuation of the cross-examination.

He also adjourned till that date for the hearing of Maina’s bail variation application.

Maina is being prosecuted by the EFCC on 12 counts of money laundering, operating fictitious accounts, and other fraudulent activities.

Court Hears Faisal Maina’s Bail Application

Faisal Maina in court on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Prosecution on Wednesday opened case against Faisal Maina son of the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina at a Federal High Court in Abuja,

Faisal is standing trial for alleged money laundering and operation of fictitious bank accounts.

The Prosecutor, Mohammed Abubakar also added that he is also being investigated for illegal possession of firearms.

The court later adjourned his bail application to November 7, 2019.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had earlier in October ordered that Faisal Maina be remanded at the Police Special Tactical Squad.

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