Money Laundering: Appeal Court Upholds Conviction of Maina’s Son

Money Laundering: Appeal Court Upholds Conviction of Maina’s Son

  • The Court Appeal on Thursday, November 24, upheld the conviction of Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina
  • However, the appellate court in Abuja reduced the jail term of Maina's son to seven years from the initial 14 years he was given
  • According to the court, Faisal is a first-time offender, which is why he should not be given such capital punishment
  • The verdict was meted out by a three-member panel with Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu as the leader

Abuja - The conviction of Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, the jailed ex-chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team (PRTT), has been upheld by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

Faisal had been convicted of conspiracy and money laundering by the Federal High Court, The Nation reports.

Abdulrasheed Maina
Abdulrasheed Maina is the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team (Photo: @OfficialEFCC)
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However, delivering the verdict on Thursday, November 24, a three-member panel of the appellate court reduced Faisal's term of imprisonment from 14 years to seven years on the grounds that he is a first-time offender.

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The leading member of the panel, Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu, held that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, was right for convicting Faisal.

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But the court noted that being a first-time offender, Faisal ought not to have been slammed with maximum punishment, Vanguard reports.

Convicted ex-Pension boss has developed 2 major health issues, to undergo brain scan

Just three months after his conviction and sentence to jail, the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is reportedly undergoing treatment for infections, hypertension, and hearing challenges.

Maina was undergoing treatment at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

The information disclosed in a copy of a letter sent to the court by the hospital showed that Maina had been scheduled for a brain scan and hearing loss test.

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This comes while the convicted former pension boss is also undergoing a second trial for diverting another N738 million pension fund.

Referring to the letter while refusing to disclose its content, the presiding judge at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Justice Abubakar Kutigi, hinted to the prosecution and defence team about receiving a letter from the hospital.


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