Breaking: Senator Ali Ndume remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre

A Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded Senator Ali Ndume in Kuje Correctional Centre for failure to produce former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, to continue his trial for money laundering.

 

Ndume, who is representing Borno south Senatorial District, stood as surety for Maina’s bail.

However, Maina has repeatedly failed to appear in court for the continuation of his trial which led to the revocation of his bail by Justice Okon Abang.

The justice also ordered a bench warrant for Maina’s arrest anywhere he is sighted.

In a bench ruling delivered by Justice Okon Abang, the court ordered his remand pending the fulfillment of his bail bond, which is a forfeiture of N500 million to the federal government.

The court also empowered the federal government to sell Senator Ndume’s property at Asokoro in order to recover the N500 million bond.

Justice Abang added that Ndume will be released from Kuje once he is able to pay the N500 million or if the prosecutor is able to dispose of the property and payment made to the federal government.

Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, vowed to appeal the court’s ruling.

Maina’s trial-in-absentia was adjourned to November 24.

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