-By Ismail Auwal
A Judge in Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered security agencies to arrest and produce of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina “without delay”.
Justice Okon Abang, who gave the order on Wednesday, has also revoked the bail earlier granted to the dependent.
He added that the trial of the defendant would also proceed in his absence awaiting when he would be produced in court.
The judge acted following a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecuting counsel, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.
Abubakar cited section 184 and 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, to back his prayers, That the absence of Maina from the proceedings of September 29, 30, October 2, and 19, 2020 as well as Wednesday without any reasonable excuse was enough reasons to make the orders, which the court agreed.
The Judge fixed November 23 for Maina’a surety, Senator Ali Ndume, to appear in court to show cause why he should not be remanded in prison and forfeit his N500m bail bond pending when he would be able to produce the defendant.
On October 20, 2020, the court gave Senator Ali Ndume 21 days to produce Maina, after he repeatedly failed to appear in the court for the continuation of the trial.
It could be recalled that Maina, was released on bail with Senator representing his constituency, Ali Ndume, standing as surety regarding his trial involving N2 billion money laundering charges.