Maina: Court Fixes Senator Ndume’s Bail Application For Thursday

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 Thursday, November 26, 2020, for the hearing of the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume.

Ndume was on Monday remanded in prison over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina who is said to have jumped bail.

Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on charges of money laundering involving N2billion.

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

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The judge also on Monday remanded Senator Ndume in prison until he produces Maina or pay 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.

The judge, in the course of the trial in the absence of Maina, on Wednesday, acknowledged the bail application filed by Senator Ndume’s lawyer.

He said the bail application was brought to his attention at about 8.58 am today, and he immediately directed that the matter be fixed for hearing on Thursday.

He also said he had directed that hearing notice for Thursday’s proceedings be issued and served on the parties.

Although Senator Ndume’s lawyer was not present in court, EFCC’s counsel, Mohammed Abubakar confirmed that he has been served with the hearing notice.

Senator Ndume Reacts To Court Order Reinstating Him

Senator Ali Ndume says the verdict of the Federal High Court which declared his suspension as illegal, has vindicated him and confirmed his earlier position that the Senate has no right to suspend a member for more than two weeks.

Speaking in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) after the court verdict, Senator Ndume says his belief in the unfairness of his suspension by the Senate, prompted him to approach the court for a declaratory judgment.

He said, “My suspension was not right in the first place. I didn’t do anything to warrant the suspension. If it is vindictiveness or vengeance, then appeal on the declarative judgment will now prove that it is vindictiveness.

“The court judgment is a declarative judgment. The court has said that the Senate has no right to do what it did.

“So, if they appeal, I won’t be surprised but I will be disappointed. What has happened has happened. I have spent seven to eight months outside the National Assembly, I can’t reverse that, but it will be on record that what they did was wrong. I am hoping to be in the Chambers on Wednesday.”

The lawmaker also confirmed that before the judgment, the Senate had written him informing him of his resumption on November 15th.

Senator Ndume asks court to quash terrorism charges against him

The trial of a Senator, Mohammed Ali Ndume who is being prosecuted for acts of terrorism has been stalled following an application to quash the charges filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Hyelzira Nganjiwa.

Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South)

At the resumed trial in Abuja, Mr Nganjiwa informed the court that he had filed a motion on notice seeking to quash the charges against Mr Ndume on the ground that the proof of evidence filed does not disclose a prima facie case against the accused person.

Following Mr Nganjiwa’s motion, the prosecuting counsel, Olufunmilayo Fatunde told the court that she needs time to respond to the motion.

Based on the prosecutors demand for time to study the defence counsel’s application, the Presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned sitting to 26 April.

Mr Ndume, in his motion, predicated on nine grounds wants the court to quash the charges on the ground that the charge is devoid of essential ingredients to suggest the commission of the offences for which he has been charged.

Other grounds include the none disclosure of the commission of any offence by the prosecution and the lack of jurisdiction and competence of the court to try, hear and determine the offences as contained in the charge sheet signed by the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice Kolawole, while adjourning the trial ordered Mr Ndume to return to the court on the 26th of April when the counsels are expected to adopt their written addresses.

Mr Ndume is standing trial for allegedly providing logistic support to the Islamic sect, Boko Haram contrary to the terrorism prevention act of 2011.