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Court rejects ex-pension boss Maina bail

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Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, refed to grant a fmer Chair of defunct Pension Refmed Taskfce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, bail.

Delivering a ruling, Jtice Okon Abang, held that Maina’s application f bail lacked merit.

Jtice Abang said though it was at court’s discretion to grant bail, ex-pension refmed boss did not deserve bail after jumping first bail.

judge said that Maina did not place sufficient materials befe court to convince court that he deserves second bail.

He said medical rept brought from University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed that Maina was not under any medical emergency.

judge said Maina was not only a flight risk but a proving risk, having fled to Republic of Niger Chad in violation of court der.

“He has disappointed court,” he ruled.

Jtice Abang, who refed to grant Maina’s application f an der directing Economic Financial Crimes Commission to release his confiscated property, including a BMW Car, also dismissed his request f an der to set aside Nov. 18 Dec. 4, 2020 ders.

court on November 18, 2020, dered trial of Maina in absentia after he jumped bail.

Also on December 4, 2020, court dered Maina to be reded in prison ctody pending hearing final determination of his matter.

But Maina, who jumped bail last year fled to Republic of Niger befe his rearrest, had on December 24, 2020, applied f anor bail.

Maina, through his lawyer, Anayo Adibe, on Jan. 20, approached Jtice Abang in a motion on notice.

He argued that application became necessary over his wsening health condition.

In motion, ex-pension boss told court that he had reasonable responsible sureties who were willing to act as sureties if granted bail.

Debunking argument that he had jumped bail, Maina said he fled to Republic of Niger to have a kneel surgery.

Accding to him, If knee surgery had not been done, his leg would have been amputated.

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