By Idowu Maryam
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the arrest of Senator Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South in the National Assembly, for failing to to bring the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who skipped bail in respect of his ongoing N2billion money laundering trial.
Justice Okon Abang ordered that the remand of Borno South Senator who stood surety for the run away defendant in May 2020.
The court ordered that he would be freed from only if he either produces Maina in court or sells off the N500m worth of property located in Asokoro, Abuja, which was used as guarantee for the bail, and submit the evidence of the payment of the sale into the Federation Account.
The judge ordered that he be remanded in Kuje prison pending when he meets the condition for release.
It was observed that Ndume was immediately led away from the courtroom shortly after the judge’s pronouncement by men of the Nigeran Prison Service.
The former pension reform chairman was recently released from Kuje Prison nine months after he was able to produce the senator who deposed to an affidavit to always bring the 1st defendant to court at every adjourned date or forfeit the N500 million bail bond.
It was reports that Sen. Ndume had told the court, on October 2, that he did not know the whereabouts of Mr Maina after the 1st defendant was absent from court for the third time.
The judge, in the last sitting, had ordered him to produce Maina unfailing at today’s (Monday’s) proceeding or he would be forced to grant the EFCC’s prayers to revoke Mr Maina’s bail and issue a warrant of arrest against him.
Earler, the anti-graft agency had also prayed the court to make an order for the lawmaker to forfeit the N500 million bail bond to the Federal Government and be remanded in prison pending the time he was able to meet the pledge.