Why Maina’s Bail Should Not Be Granted – EFCC

Why Maina's Bail Should Not Be Granted – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has kicked against the bail request of the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

In a fresh court document on Wednesday, the anti-corruption agency urged the court to deny Maina’s bail request in view of his past actions.

The EFCC noted that Maina’s bail request is to evade arrest and flee to the United States of America where he and his family are citizens.

It said, “After jumping court bail, Maina sneaked to the Niger Republic to obtain new travel documents at the US Embassy in Niamey to enable him flee back to the US where he and his family are equally citizens.”

Also, the EFCC faulted Maina’s claim of deteriorating health, and on which he hinged his fresh bail application.

The agency cautioned the court against admitting Maina bail again because he had evaded arrest and fled to Niger Republic.

“The first defendant (Maina) did not suffer or undergo any treatment for any health challenge in his knee whether in Nigeria or the Niger Republic,” the commission said.

It added that it had on October 2, 2020, filed an affidavit to debunk the false claims of the first defendant about undergoing treatment of his knee at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja.

Naija News had reported that Maina is being tried on money laundering charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja and was later found by the court to have jumped bail and fled to the Niger Republic.

Upon an arrest warrant issued by the court, Maina was later apprehended in the neighbouring country and returned to Nigeria by security agents.

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