Court remands Maina in prison

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, to be remanded in prison custody.

The presiding judge in today’s ruling Justice Okon Abang also ordered the prison service to ensure Maina is given access to his Lawyers.

The case was then adjourned to October 30, for trial without fail.

According to the judge, the trial will be from day to day as no frivolous application for adjournment shall be entertained in the course of the trial.

Maina was also given four days to prepare his defence.

The EFCC had earlier on Friday arraigned Maina alongside his son.

The arraignment follows the initial arrest of Maina and his son n September 30, 2019, at an Abuja hotel by the Department of State Services (DSS).

They were subsequently handed to the EFCC on October 2 for further investigation and prosecution on allegations of fraud and money laundering to the tune of N2.1 billion.

The former PRTT chairman was dismissed from Nigeria’s civil service in 2013 after the office of the Head of Service recommended his dismissal.

Maina was first charged alongside a former head of service Steve Oronsaye, Osarenkhoe Afe, Fredrick Hamilton and Global Services Ltd before a Federal High Court on a 24-count bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence in July 2015 but he absconded from the country shortly after.

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