Maina To Remain In Prison During Trial – Court Rules
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday refused to grant a new bail request submitted by the former chairman of the now defunct Pension Reform Task Force (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, who is facing trial for alleged crimes related to the money laundering.
In a ruling, Judge Okon Abang, who held that the request was unfounded, said Maina did not deserve to be released on bail again after missing a previous bond.
Maina, who is being tried with his firm, left the court in the last quarter of last year, after which the court, on November 18, 2020, revoked his bail and ordered his arrest.
He was later arrested in the Republic of Niger and returned to court last December, during which the court ordered him to remain in pre-trial detention at Kuje Prison in Abuja, pending the conclusion of the trial.
Upon returning to prison, his attorney, Francis Oronsaye, withdrew from the case and a new attorney, Anayo Adibe, filed the new bail request.
In his ruling yesterday, Judge Abang held that Maina did not present enough materials to the court to convince him that he deserved another bail.