Produce run away accused facing money laundering charges or go to jail, court tells Nigerian lawmaker

A Federal High Court sitting  in Abuja, has declared to a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Sani Galadima to produce Faisal Abdulrasheed, son of Abdulrasheed  Maina, latest December 4 or risk being jailed.

Penpushing reports that, the lawmaker representing  Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, had declared himself as surety for the accused who is being prosecuted on money laundering related offences by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge, Justice Okon Abang on Wednesday  gave the ultimatum to the lawmaker emphasizing that he is at risk of being jailed if he is unable to produce the defendant or show cause on why he should not forfeit the N60 million he pledged when he declared himself a surety for Faisal who was released and granted bail in December 2019.

Penpushing further reports that, the Federal High Court fixed Thursday, November 26, for the hearing of a bail application filed by Ali Ndume, the senator from Borno South, who has been remanded in prison since Monday.

The Senator in similar development, had stood as surety for Abdulrasheed Maina (Faisal’s father) who is believed to have also jumped bail after being absent in court on multiple occasions.

Penpushing also reports that, the judge had ordered that Ndume be kept in prison until he is able to produce  Maina or pay the sum of N500 million bail bond to the federal government, but the Senator, filed an appeal against the order to remand him in prison at the Court of Appeal through his lawyer, Marcel Oru. .

The judge, in his ruling on Wednesday during the course of the trial, acknowledged the bail application filed by Ndume’s lawyer, explaining that  he received the application in the early hours of Wednesday morning and in swift response directed for a hearing for Thursday.

Penpushing reports that, the trial judge, on November 18  had revoked the bail granted to  Maina who is former chairperson of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, and being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on charges of laundering about N2 billion and ordered his arrest, as well  ordered that the trial would proceed in absentia.

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