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Maina who fled Nigeria after his first bail, requests for another; But the court quickly threw out his request

Abdulrasheed Maina

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday rejected a bail application by the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Okong Abang noted that the application lacked merit, adding that Maina could not be trusted with a bail after he fled Nigeria the first time he was granted bail. Maina was rearrested in Niger Republic and extradited back to Nigeria by the International Police.

He will consequently remain in prison throughout his trial for alleged N2billion fraud charges during his time in office.

His lawyer, Sani Katu (SAN), had requested that the court granted him another bail, but the judge who vehemently refused, described Maina as “a flight risk”.

The judge said; “The court is and was not in a position to ascertain whether the first defendant collapsed in court or fell down on his own.

“The law is settled that it is at the discretion of the court to grant bail to a defendant whether he has jumped bail or not.

“Maina is not only a potential flight risk, but a proven flight risk.

“The court is not inclined to take risk the second time. As for the medical report tendered, the first defendant is not in any health emergency.

“The defendant cannot flout an order of court and expect to be granted bail. I think the Federal Government of Nigeria is capable of attending to the medical needs of the first defendant’s purported ailment. The application lacks merit and is accordingly dismissed.”

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