Faisal Maina: Court revokes bail over refusal to attend trial

Faisal Maina: Court revokes bail over refusal to attend trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja has revoked the bail granted to Faisal Maina who is standing trial for alleged fraud to the tune of N58million.

1st News gathered Faisal Maina is the son of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina who is also being accused of operating accounts that were used as conduits for illegal transactions.

During the court proceedings on Tuesday, November 24, in Abuja; Justice Okon Abang revoked the bail of Faisal Maina for failing to appear in court as the defendant was also not represented by a counsel.

Justice Abang also ordered Faisal Maina’s surety to appear in court at the next sitting; as he adjourned the trial to November 25, 2020.

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The Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier on Tuesday commenced the trial of Abdulrasheed Maina in absentia.

As a result of the absence of the defendants and their counsels; Justice Okon Abang fore-closed their rights to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses who were present in court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 24, penned a letter to the Senate; seeking approval for the confirmation of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu; for a second term in office as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the letter regarding the re-confirmation of Yakubu on Tuesday; at the resumption of legislative proceedings after a one month recess.

1st News gathered that in the letter, President Buhari solicited for the lawmakers’ expeditious consideration of his request; for another five-year tenure for Mahmoud as INEC Chairman.

Earlier in November, Yakubu handed over his duties as chairman of the electoral body to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu at an event held at INEC headquarters in Abuja.

Ahmed is currently acting in that capacity pending when the Senate confirms the reappointment of Professor Yakubu as INEC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Muazu has however assured that the departure of Professor Mahmood Yakubu; and other National Commissioners from the commission will not affect electoral activities.

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