24 November 2020 By Victoria Abah
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Senator Ali Ndume at the Kuje Correctional Centre for failing to produce the Former Chairman of the Defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, who is said to have jumped bail.
In a bench ruling delivered by Justice Okon Abang, the court ordered his remand pending the fulfilment of his bail bond which is a forfeiture of five hundred million naira to the Federal Government.
The court also empowered the Federal Government to sell Senator Ndume’s property at Asokoro to recover the five hundred million naira bail bond.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the bench ruling, counsel to Senator Ndume, Maurice Oruh who explained that they were not issued the necessary documents before the courts to enable them defend their clients, said they would appeal the ruling.
Ndume, who is representing Borno south, stood as surety for Maina’s bail, who is standing trial on alleged N2billion money laundering charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
However, Maina has repeatedly failed to appear in court for continuation of his trial.
Meanwhile, the trial in absentia of Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina has been fixed for November, 24.