Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed the fresh bail application filed by a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, on the ground that it lacks merit.
Ruling on the application, Justice Okon Abang said though it was at the court’s discretion to grant bail, the ex-pension reform boss did not deserve a fresh bail after jumping the first bail.
The judge said Maina did not place sufficient materials before the court to convince that he deserves the second bail as he insists that the medical report brought from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital showed he was not under any medical emergency.
Justice Abang further said that Mr. Maina was not only a flight risk but a proven one, having fled to the Republic of Niger and Chad in violation of the court order.
The Judge who refused to grant Maina’s application for an order directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release his confiscated property, including a BMW Car, also dismissed his request for an order to set aside the November 18 and December 4, 2020 orders.
The court had on November 18, 2020, ordered the trial in absentia of Mr. Maina after he jumped bail.
On December 4, 2020, the court also ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and final determination of his case.