THE Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday fixed January 25 for ruling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s request to send a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadim, to prison for his inability to bring Abdurasheed Maina’s son, Faisal, to court for his trial.
Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team, and his son, Faisal, are being separately prosecuted on money laundering charges before Justice Okon Abang.
The former PRTF chairman had jumped bail in his ongoing N2bn money laundering trial but was arrested in Republic of Niger and brought back to the court.
Faisal, who is being prosecuted in a separate three-count money laundering case before the same judge, had also jumped bail.
Justice Abang on November 24, 2020, revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his surety appear in court to show cause why he should not be made to forfeit his N60m bail bond.
On December 10, 2020, counsel for Faisal’s surety, M. E. Sheriff, said the fleeing defendant had been arrested by security agencies, urging the court to suspend the committal to prison hearing.
Although Faisal was absent from court on Monday, Sheriff maintained that the defendant was arrested in Sokoto by security agencies.
However, EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, said he was not aware of the said arrest, urging the court to make the forfeiture order of the bail bond and direct the surety to be imprisoned until he could produce the defendant or the conclusion of the forfeiture process.
Justice Abang who had at the previous proceedings heard the lawyers’ arguments, said on Monday that the ruling was not ready.
He then adjourned ruling till January 25.
Adibe further asked for an adjournment on the case on Monday, but EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed, opposed the application.
Ruling, the judge noted that Maina had adequate time and facility to make his no-case submission but failed to do so.
He adjourned the matter till January 26 and 27 for Maina to open his defence.