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Court fixes Feb 25 to rule on Maina’s bail request

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Maina, who earlier fled to Niger Republic after he was released on bail by the court, based his fresh application on health ground.

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, slated February 25 to rule on fresh application the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, who is facing money laundering charge, filed to be released on bail pending the conclusion of his trial.

He told the court that his health condition worsened at the Kuje Correctional Center where he was remanded upon his extradition to the country by the Interpol in December, 2020.

In the application he filed through his team of lawyers led by Mr. Sani Katu SAN, the former pension reform boss told the court that he is suffering unbearable pain owing to a knee surgery we underwent while he was in Niger Republic.

He told the court that complication from the surgery could lead to the amputation of his leg if his fresh application for bail to allow him to seek better medical attention, is refused.

“We humbly pray the court to in the interest of justice, exercise discretion in favour of the 1st Defendant by granting him bail on health ground”, Maina’s lawyer pleaded.

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, through its lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, urged the court to refuse the application, insisting that Maina would escape again if released from the Kuje Correctional Center.

“My lord, there is likelihood of the 1st Defendant jumping bail and fleeing abroad.

“They are only saying that the application is based on health ground.

“The Federal Republic of Nigeria is capable of attending to all medical needs of the Defendant within its medical facilities and doctors in Nigeria and even in Abuja”, EFCC’s lawyer added.

He noted that Maina had in his application, disclosed that even without a court order, the Correctional Service had upon his request, rushed him to a Teaching Hospital at Gwagwalada, where he secured medical treatment.

“From the medical report tendered before this court, the 1st Defendant is not suffering from any ailment of an emergency nature and he is not in any danger”.

EFCC further drew attention of the Court that Maina had in the affidavit he filed in support of his fresh bail request, disclosed that he firstly ran to Chad Republic after he escaped from the country.

“The Defendant, without any remorse, in paragraph 9 of his affidavit, stated that as a result of the order for his arrest, he decided to seek for a better medical facility for the treatment of his knee and was eventually referred to military hospital in Chad Republic and Niger Republic, where the knee surgery was successfully carried out.

“What he is saying in essence is that his jumping bail was a premeditated decision, which he took by himself, in contempt and disobedience of order of this court releasing him on bail.

“It is also clear that while prosecution thought that he only fled to Niger Republic, he is now informing the court that he also went to Chad Republic, when his American and Nigerian passports are currently in custody of the court.

“He is not a person that deserves a second chance of the court taking a risk to release him on another bail.

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