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I Can’t Get Senators With N1bn Properties As My Sureties’, Says Maina

 

 

A former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who’s standing trial on expenses of cash laundering involving N2bn, has appealed to the Federal High Court in Abuja to range a few of the circumstances hooked up to the N1bn bail granted him by the Federal High Court in Abuja in November final 12 months.

Maina, who was arraigned alongside together with his agency, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, has been on remand in Abuja since October final 12 months resulting from his incapability to satisfy the bail circumstances.

He advised Justice Okon Abang on Monday that the a part of the bail circumstances requiring him to supply two sureties who should be serving senators with landed properties value N500m every in Maitama or Asokoro, two intellectual areas of Abuja, was extreme and stringent.

Maina who’s being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, urged the courtroom to drop the stated circumstances within the curiosity of justice.

At the listening to of the bail variation software filed by Maina on December 6, 2019, the defendant’s lawyer, Mr. Afam Osigwe, stated whereas his shopper had met different circumstances, it had been unattainable for him to get senators to function the sureties.

While commending the choose for granting bail to his shopper, Osigwe stated the bail circumstances had been “excessive and impossible to meet”.

“The stringent and excessive nature of the conditions are evidenced by the inability of the first defendant/applicant (Maina) to meet those conditions as of today, January 13, 2020.

“The conditions he is unable to meet are set out in paragraph 4 of the affidavit filed in support.

“The sureties (proposed) whose names are also mentioned said they do not have properties worth N500m in either Asokoro or Maitama.”

In response, the choose questioned if the defence workforce had performed a search of the land registry in Abuja to substantiate the declare of the proposed sureties.

Adding that the circumstances had been hooked up to the bail for a purpose, including that the defence workforce which argued the bail software in November final 12 months didn’t problem EFCC’s declare that Maina was not resident Nigeria.

Osigwe stated his workforce thought of it to be discourteous to go behind the proposed sureties to substantiate their claims.

He added that the Abuja Geographic Information System, the equal of land registry in Abuja, operates a process that prohibits an individual to conduct a search of possession of landed properties with out producing the unique copies of the title paperwork and the consent letter of the homeowners.

He added that the truth that the choose granted bail to his shopper implied that the defendant deserved bail.

He stated his shopper’s Nigerian and American passports alongside together with his Dubai residence allow had been deposited with the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja the place he’s being prosecuted for separate expenses.

The choose adjourned additional listening to of Maina’s software until Tuesday.

He additionally adjourned additional trial until Tuesday to allow the third prosecution witness, Mavis Enabulele, to conclude his testimony.

Earlier, the courtroom admitted the statements of financial institution accounts belonging to Maina and 4 others as displays.

In admitting the paperwork as displays, the choose dismissed the objection by Maina’s lawyer, Mohammed Monguno, and his agency’s lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, to the admissibility of the paperwork.

Apart from Maina’s financial institution accounts, others whose paperwork regarding the financial institution accounts had been admitted as displays had been, Cluster Logistics, Kangolo Dynamics Cleaning Services, Nafisastu Aliyu, and Drew Investment and Construction Limited.

As a part of the circumstances of the bail granted him by Justice Okon Abang on November 25, 2019, the courtroom had directed him to supply two serving senators, to ensure the N1bn bail sum.

The choose added, “The sureties must have landed property fully developed in Asokoro or Maitama District of Abuja with statutory certificates of occupancy issued by relevant departments of the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory.

“The chief registrar of this court shall, in writing, ascertain the validity or otherwise of the certificates of occupancy.

“The sureties shall each submit three years tax clearance certificates immediately breeding the application.”

The choose added that the sureties to be produced by Maina should undertake to seem in courtroom with him at each trial dates, pending conclusion of the case.

He added that ought to not less than one of many defendants fail to seem with Maina at any courtroom sitting, the bail could be revoked.

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