An Abuja Federal High Court has on Tuesday revoked the bail granted to son of Abdulrasheed Maina, Faisal Maina currently standing trial for alleged money laundering.
The presiding judge, Okon Abang, sanctioned the arrest of Faisal during Tuesday’s sitting and ordered that he should appear in court for trial. The ruling came after Judge Okon Abang insisted that the defendant jumped bail whilst under prosecution with his father for money laundering.
Speaking on Tuesday, Judge Abang also summoned Zamfara’s member of the house of representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima who stood as Faisal’s surety when granted bail stating that the lawmaker should appear before the court to explain why he should not forfeit the 60m bail bond which he signed to secure Faisal’s release.
He also stated that the money laundering trial will proceed in absentia pending an arrest.
After being accused of laundering the sum of N58 million through an anonymous account operated with the United Bank of Africa, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had arraigned for Maina’s son trial before the court for the stated financial crime.
Faisal was granted bail twelve months ago after he plead “not guilty” to the three count charge brought against him.
However, during yesterday’s trial, EFCC counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, informed the court that both the defendant and his counsel have skipped court appearances.
Mr Abubakar went head to apply for revocation of Faisal’s bail and requested the court hold trial amidst absence of the defendant which the court granted before adjourning till today.
The court yesterday, began the trial of Faisal Maina whom the EFCC is prosecuting for alleged money laundering of up to N2 billion.