￼The Federal High Court, Abuja, has declined the bail request of Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of defunct Pension Reformed Task Force Team (PRTT) bail.
As gathered by EKO HOT BLOG, the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, hinged his verdict on Maina’s action when he was first granted bail
Recall that the court, on November 18, 2020, rescinded Maina’s bail and ordered his arrest after he jumped bail.
During hearing of the case on Thursday, court ruled that EFCC’s could continue Maina’s arraignment for fraud charges in his absence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had on Wednesday, implored the Federal High Court, Abuja not to vacate its order of Nov 18, 2020, against the former Chairman of the defunct PRTT.
In his submission, Counsel to the EFCC, Mohammed Abubakar, told Justice Okon Abang to decline Maina’s request on the ground that it was made to to stall the trial.
Following the development, the ex-pension boss had, in an interlocutory injunction dated Feb 9 and filed on Feb 10, urged the court to set aside its Nov 18 order that his trial proceeds in absentia.
However, Justice Okon Abang in his ruling on Thursday held that Maina’s application for bail lacked merit.
Justice Abang averred that, though the court’s has the prerogative to grant bail, the ex-pension reformed boss did not deserve a bail after jumping the first bail.
The judge said that Maina did not place sufficient materials before the court to convince the court that he deserves the second bail.
According to him, the medical report brought from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed that Maina was not under any medical emergency.
The judge said Maina was not only a flight risk but a proven risk, having fled to the Republic of Niger and Chad in violation of the court order.
“He has disappointed the court,” he ruled.
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