Just in: Court declares Maina wanted

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the arrest of the ex Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, (PRTT) Abdulrasheed Maina, over his trial involving N2bn money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang, annouced the order ruling in which he further revoked the bail earlier granted the Maina who is at large.

Abang ordered all security agencies in the country to arrest Maina “wherever he may be found and present him in court, without delay”.

Abang, also gave order that Maina’s trial would countinue in his absence pending when he would be bring to court.

Abang, made the orders following the applications by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) prosecuting counsel.

The court agreed with Abubakar, who cited sections 184 and 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, to back his prayers.

That the absence of Maina from the proceedings of September 29, 30, October 2, and 19, 2020 as well as Wednesday without any reasonable excuse was enough reasons to make the orders. “He cannot hold the court at ransom,” Abang said.

The Judge slated November 23 for Maina’a surety, Senator Ali Ndume, to appear in court and provide justifiable reasons why he should not be remanded in a correctional centre and forfeit his N500m bail bond pending when he would be able to produce Maina.

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