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Money laundering trial: Nigerian police begins extradition of Maina

The Nigerian Police have commenced extradition of the fugitive former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) Abdulrasheed Maina who was arrested on Monday in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Penpushing reports that, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba made this known in a statement on Tuesday, explaining that the arrest of the runaway accused standing trial on a 12-count money laundering was effected through the collaborative efforts of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, INTERPOL NCB, Abuja and their Nigerien counterpart.

“Following the arrest of former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrashid Abdullahi Maina in Niamey, Niger Republic, the Nigeria Police Force is perfecting extradition processes of the fugitive to Nigeria to enable him face trial in pending criminal proceedings against him,” Mba said.

“He is currently in a detention facility in Niger Republic awaiting the completion of the extradition processes. The Force assures the citizens, that there shall be no hiding place for any suspect, no matter how highly placed”, the statement said

The fugitive former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) was facing charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Penpushing further reports that, part of the allegations slammed against the run away Maina is using his firm to launder N2 billion and also used some of it to acquire properties in Abuja, the Nigeria’s Capital.

The judge, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja,it is recalled  had ordered  Maina’s trial to begin in absentia after he had jumped bail, and following the failure of his surety to produce him or pay the sum of N500 million bail bond , the court ordered the remand of the surety, Senator Ali Ndume, who was later granted bail

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