Elombah has been reliably informed by sources familiar with Maina’s case that the former pension DG has left Nigeria with his son and are probably now in the United States where they are both citizens.
As part of the bail conditions imposed by Justice Okon Abang, the two defendants were made to deposit their Nigeria and American passports with the court. But the court did not quite understand the loophole in seizing the passports issued by foreign country without any formal agreement and notification process between Nigeria and the issuing country.
While Maina was remanded in prison, he must have consulted a lawyer familiar with the United States laws who must have informed him that a Nigerian court could not possibly seize a passport issued by the United States Government, that any United States Embassy will facilitate his return to the United States regardless of the seizure of his passport.
The American lawyer Maina is believed to have consulted must have explained to him that the the United States Embassy has the primary obligation to assist its citizens, and has no obligation to any Nigerian court. Armed with this information, it is believed that Maina and his son were able to obtain traveling documents that enabled them to flee to the United States.
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