- Senator Ali Ndume has agreed to stand as a surety for Abdulrasheed Maina
- Ndume gave his reasons for agreeing to do this
- The senator explained that apart from the fact that the offence is bailable, the condition for bail requires a person of his status and that Maina's health condition is getting worse
The chairman of the Senate committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has listed reasons he accepted to stand as a surety for Abdulrasheed Maina, a former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).
As one of condition for bail, the Federal High Court in Abuja has requested that Maina should provide a serving senator to stand for him as a surety.
Added to this, the surety, Ndume, as required by the court, is to provide a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) on a landed property in Abuja, a condition which the senator satisfied.
Speaking on his latest decision, Ndume told journalists that it took him about six months to agree to this.
He explained: “I took me over six months to agree to be his surety. First the bail condition requires a serving Senator and I happen to be the one.
“Second, his health condition is deteriorating and needs special medical attention.
“Third his offence is bailable and lastly I am not saying the court should discharge and acquit him. If he is guilty, he will be sentenced."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the trial of Maina took another twist on Wednesday, March 11, as the prosecution team alleged he was plotting to kill them.
The prosecution team urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail granted Maina to protect the witnesses and the lawyer.
Legit.ng gathered that the allegation is contained in a motion on notice filed by the lawyer to the EFCC, Mohammed Abubakar.
Maina was accused of plotting to kill the EFCC witnesses and officials of Nigerian Correctional Services to escape from custody.
The prosecution added that maximum security should be around Maina to stop him from carrying out the alleged assassination plans and escape.
Maina’s lawyer, Joe Gadzama asked for an adjournment to enable him to respond to the prosecution’s motion. Justice Okon Abang adjourned the trial till March 16, 2020.
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