The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday refused to grant former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, bail.
Justice Okon Abang said Maina’s application for bail lacked merit while delivering his ruling.
Justice Abang said though it was at the court’s discretion to grant bail, the ex-pension reformed boss did not deserve a bail after jumping the first bail.
The judge said that Maina did not place sufficient materials before the court to convince the court that he deserves the second bail.
He said the medical report brought from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed that Maina was not under any medical emergency.
The judge said Maina was not only a flight risk but a proving risk, having fled to the Republic of Niger and Chad in violation of the court order.
21st Century Chronicle recalled that the court on November 18, 2020, ordered the trial of Maina in absentia after he jumped bail. On December 4, 2020, the court ordered Maina to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and final determination of his matter after he was rearrested, after he was arrested from Niger Republic on December 1, 2020.
Maina had on December 24, 2020, applied for another bail.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.