Court fixes date to rule on Ndume’s bail application

Senator Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed tomorrow Friday for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday over his standing surety for Abdulrasheed Maina who has jumped bail.

Justice Okon Abang on Thursday adjourned for ruling after Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application, which was opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.

Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering involving N2bn.

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However, on November 18, 2020, Justice Okon Abang revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia.

He also on Monday remanded Senator Ali Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or pay N500m bail bond to the Federation Account.

The Senator, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.

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