Court orders Senator Ndume jailed over Maina pension ‘fraud’

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that Senator Ali Ndume be remanded in prison custody.

The court gave the order over Ndume’s apparent inability to produce former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

A court had ordered that Maina, who jumped bail in respect of his ongoing N2-billion money laundering trial, be arrested and remanded in jail.

But with the whereabouts of Maina unknown, Justice Okon Abang, on Monday, ordered that Ndume, who stood surety for the fleeing defendant in May 2020, would only be released from prison until he either produces Maina in court or sells off the N500-million property located in Asokoro, Abuja.

Ndume used the Abuja property as the guarantee for Maina’s bail bond. The Borno South senator must now sell the property and tender the evidence of the payment of the proceeds of the sale into the Federation Account or be carried to jail.

The judge ordered that Ndume be remanded in Kuje prison pending when he meets the condition for release.

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