The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has asked the Justice of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Okon Abang to grant him a bail disparity following his inability to meet his current bail conditions.
Justice Abang had in November 2019 granted Maina bail in the sum of N1bn with two sureties in like sum.
Both sureties must be serving Nigerian senators with no criminal cases before the court and ought to have fully developed landed property in Maitama or Asokoro district of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Maina is facing trial for a 12-count charge of money laundering charge to the tune of over N2bn preferred against him by the EFCC.
He was arrested by a joint team of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission and the State Security Services after years of evading trial.
The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team has been able to bribe his way to receive special treatment from officials of the Nigeria Correctional Service where he is being remanded.
At the resumed hearing on Monday 13th January, 2020, Maina’s counsel, Afam Osigwe, presented an application pursuant to section 181 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act seeking a bail variation for Mr. Maina.
Osigwe informed the court that though two senators had been approached to stand as surety, they don’t have properties in the jurisdiction cited by the court.
Osigwe said, “They (two senators) have stated that they neither have properties in either Asokoro or Maitama worth the amount specified by the court.
When you approach a person to be your surety and the person says I don’t have this property, I think it would be disrespectful to go behind investigating whether what the person has told you is true.
Not moved by the plea of Maina, the Justice held that the court has reason for imposing such bail conditions and must be well convinced before it can be varied.
The judge said, those conditions were not fixed for fun. The court has reasons for imposing the conditions.
Thus, if you want the court to vary it, persuasively, you have to establish the fact that the applicant is unable to comply with those conditions.