Ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, released from Kuje prison after 9 months


Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre

The former pension boss is leaving the centre nine months after his detention

Maina was arraigned by the EFCC alongside his son in October 2019

The News Agency of Nigeria is reporting that Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre nine months after his detention.

Maina, who was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his son, has been in detention since October 2019.

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His lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, on Tuesday, July 28 confirmed his client’s release on Monday, July 27, adding that he has completed the necessary documents for his freedom.

On why Maina had been kept in detention after Justice Abang further varied his bail conditions, the lawyer said: “It was also administrative. There were lapses here and there; the transmission of processes from one department of government to another.”

He, however, said the development had nothing to do with an act of vindictiveness on the part of the government officials.

Adedipe, who expressed happiness over the release, said the action would afford his client to have adequate medical attention.

“We can only thank God and this is good for us because we will now have time to prepare for his defence; we will now have goof conferencing on the matter.

“We will have a better perspective of what the case is all about. And this will also allow him to treat himself you know he has been very ill to stand the trial,” he said.

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Osigwe said he was happy Maina had been released on bail and that the development would allow him to attend to his health challenge and continue his trial.

Although Maina is charged with 12-counts bordering on money laundering, he had, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Recall that the chairman of the Senate committee on army, Senator Ali Ndume, had stood as surety for Maina.

As one of the conditions for bail, the Federal High Court in Abuja requested that Maina should provide a serving senator to stand for him as a surety.

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Added to this, the surety, Ndume, as required by the court, is to provide a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) on landed property in Abuja, a condition which the senator satisfied.

Ndume told journalists that it took him about six months to agree to be Maina’s surety.

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