Senator Ali Ndume has expressed regret at his decision to stand surety for fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina, who is facing trial for alleged N100b financial malfeasance during his time as Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team.
Maina had in the past escaped abroad to avoid facing trial over the said alleged fraud only to sneak into the country and was secretly returned to the civil service by powers-that-be to public outrage upon disclosure.
The alleged pension thief’s failure to appear in court since September 29, 2020, when his trial was scheduled to resume is causing his bail surety, Senator Ndume trouble.
On Monday the Senator voiced his frustration, adding that he was forced to take the route by former governors of Abia, Plateau, and Taraba States, Orji Uzor Kalu, Joshua Dariye, and Jolly Nyame, respectively who were then undergoing different jail terms for corruption in the Abuja prison.
“It took me eight months my lord to take that decision. In fact, I had to be given an indemnity by his uncle; signed by me, he and a lawyer that Maina would always be in court,” he said.
Responding, Justice Okon Abang gave him 21 days to produce the defendant in court.