A file picture of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina
A Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja has refused to listen to a recent bail software filed by the previous Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Activity Staff, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The decide, Justice Ahmed Mohammed declined to listen to the bail software filed by Maina’s lawyer, David Iorhemba, on the bottom that it was contentious.
He dominated that the matter couldn’t be heard through the court docket’s trip and consequently returned the case to Justice Okon Abang who has been the trial decide within the substantive case, for listening to on the applying when the court docket resumes from trip.
Earlier in his argument, counsel to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Andrew Ocholi had opposed the applying filed by Maina, saying he had filed a counter-affidavit and a preliminary objection to indicate that the applicant was not entitled to bail.
Maina is standing trial alongside his agency, Frequent Enter Property and Funding Restricted over a 12-count cost bordering on cash laundering of over one billion naira, amongst different offences.
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The ex-pension boss was first arraigned on October 25, 2019, after which Justice Abang ordered that he be remanded within the Correctional Centre at Kuje, pending a listening to of his bail software.
He was subsequently launched from the correctional centre in July after perfecting his bail situations.
Nevertheless, his bail was revoked on November 18, 2020 on the grounds that he jumped bail and was rearrested.
Upon his rearrest, he returned to court docket the place the court docket ordered that he be returned to the custody of the correctional centre in Kuje till his trial was concluded.
With the event, his lawyer, Francis Oronsaye, withdrew from the case whereas his new lawyer, Anayo Adibe, filed one other bail software.
Nevertheless, in a ruling on February 28, Justice Abang refused to grant the applying on the grounds that it was with out benefit and that Maina failed to put enough supplies earlier than the court docket to persuade it that he deserved one other bail.
He held that Maina didn’t need to be admitted to bail once more after violating the situations of the bail granted him earlier and later adjourned the matter till October 4 when the court docket would resume from its trip.