By Chuks Ekpeneru
A new twist to why former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, jumped bail and fled to Niger Republic has emerged.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a fresh document filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja claimed Maina “sneaked out to Niger Republic after jumping court bail to obtain new travel documents at the Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Niamey to enable him flee back to the USA with his family where he and his family are equally citizens.”
The anti-corruption body said that he was looking for a way to flee the country hence his trip to Niamey to get fresh travel documents, because the ones he had before had been deposited with the Registrars of the Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of the conditions attached to the bail granted him last year by both courts
The new document by the EFCC is to counter a bail application by the defendant.
Maina is seeking a fresh bail application to enable him attend to his health.
The EFCC however reminded the court that Maina cannot be trusted in view of his antecedents.
The commission also faulted Maina’s claim of deteriorating health, and on which he hinged his fresh bail application.
“The first defendant (Maina) did not suffer or undergo any treatment for any health challenge in his knee whether in Nigeria or in Niger Republic,” it said.
Maina is on trial for money laundering charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Late in 2020, he was found by the court to have jumped bail and fled to Niger.
Upon an arrest warrant issued by the court, Maina was later apprehended in the neighbouring country and repatriated to Nigeria.