Fugitive former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been arrested in Niger Republic.

It was gathered that Maina was rounded up on the night of Monday, November 30, by the operatives of intelligence service in a collaboration with men of anti-corruption agency in Nigeria in a town in the Niger Republic.

According to the report, a top intelligence officer said that the arrest was made possible due to an existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the two neighbouring countries.

Maina is facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency had alleged that Maina, as chairman of the defunct PRTT, used the account of the firm for money laundering to the tune of about N2 billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja

The court had on Friday, November 27, granted bail to the Senator Ali Ndume, over his suretyship for Maina, believed to have jumped bail, after spending four days in prison for posting a N500 million bail for the fugitive.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has given a House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima, up till Friday, December 4, to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina.

It was reported that Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences.

He was granted bail in December 2019, with the lawmaker standing surety for him upon signing a N60 million bond.

In granting Ndume reprieve, Justice Abang ordered the lawmaker to produce one surety, who must be a resident of Abuja and present evidence of ownership of property anywhere in Nigeria.


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