Court grants Maina’s son bail

Abdulrashid Maina
Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, on Tuesday, granted bail to Faisal Maina, with N60 million bond and one surety in like sum.

Faisal is the son of Abdurasheed Maina, the former director of the federal government pension task force.

He was arrested alongside his father in September. The father is

accused of diverting N100 billion of pension funds.

His son is accused by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, of operating an account he used to divert various sums of money, including N58 million.

The two men were arraigned by the EFCC on October 25 on separate charges. They pleaded not guilty.

Ruling on the bail application by Faisal, the judge also said the surety must be a Nigerian and a member of the House of Representatives without criminal trial before any court.

The judge also held that the surety must be an owner of landed property anywhere within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“The surety shall give an undertaken to attend the trial, and that where the surety fails without cogent reason, the court is at liberty to revoke the bail,” Mr Abang ruled.

The surety should also produce three years tax clearance certificate, the judge said.

The judge further said Mr Faisal shall deposit his American and Nigerian passport and submit to the court his two recent photographs.

He adjourned to November 27 for the continuation of trial.

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