- Abdulrasheed Maina must face his trial, the EFCC has insisted
- The anti-graft commission said the embattled ex-PRTT boss is trying to evade trial and travel to the US where his family resides as citizens
- The agency also stated that Maina "did not suffer" any ailment that warrants him leaving Nigeria for treatment
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the trial court sitting on the corruption case of Abdulrasheed Maina to deny him of his bail request.
In a statement to the court on Wednesday, January 20, the commission argued that the former Pension Reform Task Force (PRTT) boss' bail request is another ploy to evade trial and travel to the United States.
Maina, through his lawyer, had appealed to the court for clemency in terms of bail, citing deteriorating health conditions.
The former chairman of the now-defunct PRTF is presently facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the EFCC.
He was made to face and continue his trial on Thursday, December 10, where he collapsed at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. That, however, did not stop him from being sent back to jail as his trial continues.
Explaining why the court should deny Maina another bail, EFCC said the former PENCOM boss is planning to travel to the US where he and his family are citizens, The Punch reports.
The anti-graft commission reminded the court that Maina evaded bail in the first place and ran to Niger before being arrested and brought back to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Ali Ndume, a senator representing Borno South, hailed the arrest of the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team.
Speaking on Friday, December 4, in Abuja, Ndume who is the chairman of the Senate committee on the army, said the arrest and extradition of the fugitive PRTT boss established a belief in the ability of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Ndume said with the arrest of Maina, he will proceed to direct his legal team to begin the process of withdrawing his suretiship for him (Maina) with immediate effect.
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