Former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina’s bid for bail, suffered a setback yesterday at a Federal High Court in Abuja, as the court refused to entertain his application.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed declined to hear the fresh motion for bail after it was introduced by Maina’s lawyer, David Iorhemba.
While Iorhemba spoke about his client’s bail motion, lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Andrew Ocholi, said he filed a counter-affidavit and preliminary objection to show that Maina is not entitled to bail any longer.
In his ruling, Justice Mohammed said the motion was contentious and as such could not be heard during the court’s vacation.
The judge elected to return the case to Justice Okon Abang’s court, where the case is originally being heard for the consideration of the new motion for bail after the court’s vacation.
Maina is being tried along with his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd on a 12-count charge in which they are accused, among others, of laundering over a billion naira.
They were arraigned on October 25, 2019 following which Justice Abang ordered that Maina be remanded in Kuje prison
He was later released from the prison in July upon meeting his bail conditions.
On November 18, 2020 Justice Abang revoked the bail granted Maina on the ground that he had jumped bail.
He was later arrested in Niger Republic and returned to court last December during which the court ordered that he be returned to Kuje prison, pending the conclusion of trial.