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Just In: Court remands ex-pension boss as trial continues

By News Desk,

Following his arrest and extradition to Nigeria, the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has ordered that a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, be remanded in prison till the end of his trial.

The order followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through its counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, seeking the remand of the defendant until such time trial ends.

In his ruling on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, said that the remand order by the prosecution counsel was granted since Maina was already on bench warrant having jumped bail.

According to him, the defendant is already on bench warrant having jumped bail. So he shall be remanded in correctional centre pending the conclusion of the trial.

Meanwhile, the defense lawyer, Adaji Abel, who newly took as Maina’s counsel, appealed for the adjournment to enable him prepare adequately for the case.

The judge, however, acceded to the request and adjourned till December 8.

Maina, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2bn money laundering charges arrived Nigeria from Niger Republic, to continue his trial in the ongoing criminal proceedings against him.

The embattled ex-pension boss arrived the country after been extradited from Niger Republic where he was arrested through the effort of Nigerian Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja, and their Nigerien counterpart.

His extradition to Nigeria yesterday came three days after he was arrested and detained at a facility in Niamey for questioning on how he gained access into the city.

Maina was received by men of the Nigeria Police Force at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday after the aircraft that conveyed him arrived at the Airport at 2.15 pm on Thursday.

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