A Federal High Court in Nigeria has ordered the detention of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume in Kuje Prison for failing to contact former chairman of the Pension Reform Commission of Nigeria, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Ndume, who represents South Borno in the Senate, stood up for Maina on bail on corruption charges. But Maina failed to appear in court to continue his trial.
Judge Okon Abang remanded Ali Ndume in custody until he meets bail conditions.
The court also directed the federal government to sell Senator Ndume’s house in Asokoro, Abuja for bail of N500 million.
Ndume’s lawyer Marcel Oru said they would challenge the court’s decision. Maina’s case has been adjourned until November 24.
Maina’s Case So Far
The corruption case against Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reformed Task Force (PRTT) in Nigeria – has been dropped three times in a row.
Maina has been indicted by the EFCC before the Federal High Court on charges of embezzlement amounting to N2 billion.
The case was adjourned for the first time on Monday, October 5, 2020 due to the absence of Abdulrasheed Maina and Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, where the registrar announced that the court would not be able to convene.
On the second day (Tuesday) after the hearing for the next hearing, the registrar of the court reiterated that the court would not sit due to the absence of Maina and Justice Abang, saying that the case would continue the next day.
The trial is set to begin on Wednesday for the first time.
Senator Ali Ndume later told the court that he did not know where Abdulrasheed Maina had gone as he had received his bail.
However, Ali Ndume continued to be in court all those days to sign the affidavit as part of Maina’s bail conditions.