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Senators ‘reluctant’ to stand surety for Abdulrasheed Maina – lawyer

A lawyer to Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Afam Osigwe, said senators are reluctant to stand as surety for him.

Osigwe made this known on Thursday, during the ongoing criminal trial of Maina, at the federal high court in Abuja.

The judge, Okon Abang, who is presiding over the matter, had asked the defendant’s lawyer, whether Maina has been able to perfect his bail conditions.

Responding, Osigwe said: “Unfortunately, senators are reluctant to stand in for Maina.”

Maina’s lawyer further said he is trying to explore other strategies to ensure that the bail conditions are fully complied with.

Maina is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering, operating fictitious accounts and other fraudulent activities.

The former PRTT chairman, who was in hiding for almost two years, was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The DSS then handed over Maina to the EFCC, which had declared him wanted for over a year.

He was arraigned on October 25.

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