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Court Sentences Maina’s Son To 14 Years Imprisonment

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Faisal Maina, son of the former chairman of the now-defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja gave the judgement on Thursday in the suit filed by the Federal Government against Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina, on money laundering charges.

Faisal, who is standing trial on charges of money laundering, had jumped bail refusing to attend trial since November 24, 2020.

For Count 1, Justice Abang ordered that he be jailed for five years. In count two, he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with immediate effect.

The court also ordered that Faisal returns to the Federal Government, the sum of N58.1m and the company used, to wind up.

For count three, he was jailed for five years.

The court held that the terms would run concurrently.

Justice Abang further ordered the Federal Government to arrest Faisal wherever he is found in Nigeria and commit him to a correctional center. But if arrested outside Nigeria, the Federal Government has been asked to lawfully extradite him to face his sentence.

Faisal was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on October 25, 2019, and was granted bail on November 26, 2019, in the sum of N60 million  with a surety in like sum.

He, however, jumped bail and stopped attending his trial.

On February 24, 2021, the EFCC alerted the court that he was on the run to the United States Of America (USA).

Lawyer to the anti-graft agency, Mohammed Abubakar, said from the information at the disposal of the commission, that Faisal Maina sneaked to the USA through the Republic of Niger despite his Nigerian and American passports still with the registry of the court.

“We have a bench warrant of the court for the arrest of the defendant and his apprehension before the court.

“We have been making serious efforts to execute the bench warrant but it has met challenges. The defendant has absconded to the USA,” the EFCC lawyer told the court.

Faisal Maina’s lawyer, Anayo Adibe, however, disputed the claim of the prosecution as he insists that his client was arrested by the Nigeria Police Force in Sokoto.

He urged the court to open an inquiry as to the true whereabouts of his client.

 

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