N2bn fraud: I am unable to discover Maina – Senator Ndume tells court docket

Ali Ndume, Senator representing Borno South, on Friday, informed a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, that he can’t discover former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Process Crew, Abdulraheed Maina.

Ndume is standing as bail surety for Maina, who’s being prosecuted by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on 12 counts of cash laundering involving about N2billion.

Maina has been absent in court docket for 3 times in a row inside one week.

In keeping with phrases and circumstances of the bail which the decide Justice Okon Abang gave in January 2020, Ndume gave authorized dedication to accompany the defendant to court docket each trial date and offered the court docket with the title paperwork of his property value N500m in a selection space of Abuja as a assure.

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However each Maina and Ndume had been absent for the proceedings scheduled to carry on September 29.

The senator, who subsequently confirmed up in court docket on September 30 with out Maina defined to the decide on Friday, that he was absent from the September 29 proceedings attributable to Boko Haram’s assault on the convoy of the Governor of Borno State.

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Requested by the decide if he knew the defendant’s whereabouts, Ndume stated, “My lord, I have to confess, I have no idea.”

The lawmaker, who recalled that he agreed to function Maina’s surety following pleas by the defendant’s spouse and uncle, additionally stated, “I didn’t foresee these circumstances, my lord.”

He stated he didn’t know Maina’s residence in Abuja, however he knew the one in Kaduna.

The senator pleaded for extra time to allow him to search out the defendant.

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