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Alledged N2 billion money laundering: ‘I can’t find Abdulrasheed Maina again’ – Senator Ndume

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Senator representing Borno South Senatorial district, Ali Ndume on Friday, said he could no longer find the defendant, Abdulrasheed Maina who was being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for N2 billion money laundering again.

The lawmaker had guaranteed to produce Maina who was the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team before he was bailed.

Ali Ndume who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army appeared at the Federal High Court on Friday without Rasheed Maina and told the Court that he could’ny find him any more.

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Ndume’s response followed the Judge’s query about Maina’s absence for the third time in a row within one week.

Justice Okon Abang had earlier granted bail to Abdulrasheed Maina who was being prosecuted by the EFCC on 12 counts of money laundering involving about N2 billion.

The judge had, following Maina’s repeated requests, twice varied the bail conditions, reducing the bail sum from the original N1billion to N500million with only one surety as opposed two originally requested by the court.

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CAPITAL POST recalled that a serving Senator who must bail Maina, must be ready to accompany him to court to sign the register of attendance for every hearing session, which Ali Ndume obliged.

In line with terms and conditions of the bail which the judge gave in January 2020, Ndume gave legal commitment to accompany the defendant to court every trial date and provided the court with the title documents of his property worth N500m in a choice area of Abuja as a guarantee.

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