Abulrasheed Maina
Abulrasheed Maina to be remanded in prison until end of trial

On Friday in Abuja, the Federal High Court ordered the former chairman of the disbanded Pension Reform Task Force, Abulrasheed Maina, to be remanded in jail until the conclusion of his trial.

Following the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) application made by prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, Justice Okon Abang delivered the verdict.

Maina is being investigated by the EFCC over N2bn money laundering charges.

Maina had jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Niger, but was produced yesterday after his extradition to Nigeria on Friday in court.

Ruling on the EFCC’s application for a remand order, Justice Abang said, “The defendant is already on bench warrant having jumped bail.

“So he shall be remanded in correctional centre pending the conclusion of the trial.”

Adaji Abel, a lawyer who newly took over Maina’s defence, appealed for an adjournment of the case to enable him to prepare adequately for the case.

The judge acceded to the request and adjourned until December 8.