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It took me 6 months to agree to stand as Maina’s surety – Ali Ndume

Abdulrasheed Maina, the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team

Senator Ali Ndume, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army, has revealed why he was standing as a surety for Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.

Maina was accused of fraud during the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. He went on exile before returning back to the country during the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who reinstated and promoted him.

He is however facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for money laundering charges following public outcry.

Maina had on Tuesday told the Federal High Court in Abuja that Senator Ndume had agreed to stand as a surety for him to be granted bail.

Ndume noted that his decision to stand as surety for Maina was made after 6 months of consideration. He noted that it was part of the cross he must carry as Maina’s elected senator.

Maina’s lawyer, Kyari Gadzama (SAN), told court that Senator Ndume would stand as surety for his client.

“It took me over six months to agree to be his surety. First, the bail condition requires a serving Senator and I happened to be the one.

“Second, his health condition is deteriorating and needs special medical attention.

“Third, his offence is bailable, and lastly, I am not saying the court should discharge and acquit him. If he is (found) guilty, he will be sentenced.

“It was a hard decision I had to make. I have a duty to represent the good, the bad and the ugly of Borno South. May Allah guide us to the right path. Amen.”

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