Court remands Maina in prison custody till end of trial

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Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Maina at Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial.

Maina who was extradited from the Niger Republic to Nigeria on Thursday, 3 December, was brought before the court this morning by a combined team of policemen and operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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Maina, who is being tried for money laundering by the EFCC, along with his company, Common Input Limited, was found by the court to have jumped bail when he suddenly stopped attending a trial for over a month now.

The court subsequently revoked the bail granted him, issued a bench warrant for his arrest, and ordered his surety, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume to forfeit the N500 million bail bond he pledged.

On Monday, 30 November, Maina was rearrested in Niger and was brought back on Thursday to face trial.

At the resumed hearing of his case in court on Friday 4 December Maina’s lawyer, Adaji Abel, asked for a short adjournment to enable him to study the facts of the case. Justice Abang granted the application on grounds that the defendant who is presumed innocent is entitled to legal representation.

He subsequently adjourned the case to the 8th of December for a continuation of trial.

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