- A serving Nigerian senator, Ali Ndume, has been ordered to be remanded in prison by the Federal High Court in Abuja
- The court gave the order after Senator Ndume failed to produce Maina whom he served as guarantor for to secure bail
- Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, is facing trial over an alleged N2 billion money laundering
The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Senator Ali Ndume over his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, The Punch has reported.
Senator Ndume stood surety for Maina who has jumped bail regarding his ongoing N2 billion money laundering trial.
Justice Okon Abang on Monday, November 23, ordered that the senator would only be released from prison until he either produces Maina in court or sells off the N500m worth of property located in Asokoro, Abuja, and sends the proceeds to the Federation Account.
Legit.ng gathers that the property was the one the Borno South senator used as the guarantee for the bail bond.
The judge ordered that he be remanded in Kuje prison pending when he meets the condition for release.
Nigerians React to Court ruling on Senator Ndume
The bold order from Justice Abang has continued to generate reactions on social media.
Prince Showemimo Kehinde Cornerstone said:
"Let us be realistic for once, standing a surety for someone simply mean that should in case the accused person fail to show up in court, his surety will be held accountable..next time he won't stand surety for someone he can't account for..nice jugement."
Umar Abba Ilu said:
"Good one, he should produce him or else he should take full responsibility of what Maina did."
Ayo Johnson Obalisa said:
"Next time, you will leave thieves alone to defend themselves. If they want to rot in jail for not meeting bail, let them rot. See ya life?"
Meanwhile, following his repeated failure to appear for the continuation of his trial, the Federal High Court has ordered the police to arrest Maina.
The court gave the order on Wednesday, November 18, and revoked the bail the court earlier granted to him.
Justice Abang also granted permission to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to try the former pension boss in absentia.
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