Maina-Ndume: Ebonyi commissioner who stands surety for Anyim Pius disowns him

Maina-Ndume: Ebonyi commissioner who stands surety for Anyim Pius disowns him

- Not many persons are still willing to stand as sureties for some top Nigerian politicians after the Ndume-Maina case

- Such is what is unfolding between an Ebonyi commissioner, Ekumankama Nkama and Anyim Pius Anyim, a former Senate president

- Nkama has distanced himself from Anyim due to fear of a similar drama as was in the case between the northern senator and the former Pension boss

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The case of Ali Ndume and Abdulrasheed Maina has snow-balled into a lack of trust among some persons who are standing as sureties for top politicians.

This is exactly the situation between an Ebonyi commissioner for investment and Abuja liaison, Ekumankama Nkama, who is standing as a surety for a former Senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim, The Cable reports.

Anyim is under the searchlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegedly using firms in which he had an interest to award contracts to the tune of N13 billion from the Ecological Fund Account.

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Maina-Ndume: Ebonyi commissioner who stands as Anyim’s surety disowns him
The Ebonyi commissioner who stands as Anyim’s surety has disowned him. (Photo: @PiusAyim)
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Moreover, the EFCC is also investigating Anyim's spending of N520 million reportedly received from the office of the national security adviser under Sambo Dasuki before the 2015 presidential election

Following the commission's investigation, Anyim was arrested in 2017 but granted bail for which Nkama is standing as a surety.

However, having observed the turnout of events between Ndume and Maina, Nkama is having a rethink on his earlier position.

The commissioner is afraid that the former Senate boss may conduct himself in a manner below what is expected of him and thus damage his reputation.

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Nkama, in a statement, addressed to the EFFC, made a U-turn and distanced himself from Anyim.

In the statement, Nkama said:

“I, Ekumankama, Joseph Nkama, commissioner of investment & Abuja liaison, Ebonyi state government, wish to formally withdraw as surety for his excellency, senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

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“Sir, I regret to inform you that recent events in the last two weeks in my state has given me food for thought and my conscience could no longer allow me to continue to stand as a surety for senator Pius Anyim.
“I have also considered the recent event involving Senator Ali Ndume and Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the defunct pension reform task team, I am most particularly convinced that my decision to withdraw as surety will best grant me the needed peace to function effectively in all responsibilities demanded of me.”

Meanwhile, Maina was on Thursday, December 3, extradited from Niger Republic. The extradition of Maina was done by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and confirmed by the Nigerian Police Force.

Maina had jumped bail and Senator Ndume who stood surety for him had to pay the price as he was arrested and kept in police custody. He was later released after spending about four days in prison.

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