Pension fraud: Court rejects EFCC's request to revoke Maina’s bail

Pension fraud: Court rejects EFCC's request to revoke Maina’s bail

- EFCC has failed to revoke the bail granted the former PRTT chairman, Abdulrasheed Maina

- An Abuja court on Wednesday, April 29, rejected the request by the EFCC

- The court said that the allegations leveled against Maina have not been proved by the security agents

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the request by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for the revocation of the bail granted the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.

The Nation reports that EFCC had, in a motion on notice, claimed that Maina, being tried on money laundering related charges, had perfected plan to escape from custody and assassinate the prosecuting lawyer and prosecution’s witnesses. gathered that in a ruling on Wednesday, April 29, Justice Okon Abang, held that it was premature for the court to take a definite position on the issue because there was evidence before the court that the allegations by the prosecution have been established by any security agency.

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Pension fraud: Court refuses to revoke Maina’s bail
The former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, during his trial.
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Justice Abang said the request to revoke Maina’s bail was premature because he believes that investigation of the allegations has not been concluded since Maina claimed he has not been questioned by any security agency on the issue.

The judge also rejected the EFCC’s request for an order directing that more security measures be put in place around Maina, currently being held at the Kuje correctional centre, Abuja.

Justice Abang noted that since the executive arm controls all the security agencies and the prosecuting agency, it could easily provide additional security if it feels such a measure was necessary, without any order of the court.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that Maina's health was rapidly deteriorating, according to his family members.

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It was reported that in a statement signed by Abdullahi Usman, Maina's blood pressure on the morning of Tuesday, November 12, read 196/130.

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According to Usman, nothing was being done to take him to any equipped medical facility for treatment.

He alleged that the prison service management was playing politics with his health. He claimed that Maina's condition was so bad that he could not stand or walk on his own unless supported by two people, one on each side.

He consequently urged the federal government to prioritise his health and take him for urgent medical attention. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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