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Committal procedure against Maina’s son’s surety begins Dec 8

Faisal and his father Maina face separate money laundering charges in the same court

Committal proceeding begins on December 8 against Rep Sani Dan-Galadima over his inability to produce Faisal, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, in court to stand trial.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, after taking arguments from counsel to parties in the case on Friday, adjourned the matter at the instance of  Dan-Galadima, who stood surety for Faisal.

Mohammed Sheriff, counsel to the lawmaker, who represents Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, said in obedience to court order of Nov. 25, the surety had filed an affidavit to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60 million bail bond.

The lawyer prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him go through the response and file his reply in the interest of justice.

Responding, the anti-graft agency lawyer, Abubakar, admitted that two counter affidavits were filed and served on Friday morning.

Faisal is the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), who is facing separate charges of money laundering involving about N2 billion before the same court.

Faisal was arraigned, on Oct. 25, by the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The court had, on Nov. 26, 2019, admitted Faisal to bail in the sum of N60 million with a surety in the like sum who must be a member of the House of Representatives.

The court held that the surety must have a landed property anywhere within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The court, which also ruled that the lawmaker, who would undertake to always attend Faisal’s trial at each adjourned date, held that “where the surety fails without cogent reason, the court is at liberty to revoke the bail.”

However, Justice Abang had, on Nov. 25, summoned the legislator for disregarding court order that granted bail to Faisal Maina.

The judge had revoked the bail granted Faisal, ordered his arrest and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia, having been said to have jumped bail. (NAN)