The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who is being prosecuted on money laundering charges, has been released from the Kuje prison in Abuja. Ademola Adedipe,a member of his legal team confirmed the new development.
Adedipe said Abdulrasheed Maina had been in detention since November 2019 following his arraignment before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja. His release came about a month after the judge accepted the Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, as surety for the bail earlier granted the defendant.
“He (Maina)was released about 6pm on Monday. We are happy that he had been released. He can now attend to his health and have unfettered access to his defence team in preparation for his defence in court,” His team of lawyers later applied to the court for a review of the bail conditions. Granting the request in his ruling delivered on January 28, 2020, Justice Abang reduced, among others, the bail sum from N1bn to N500m. The trial had been adjourned till September 29.
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