A Federal High Court in Abuja has given a House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima up until December four to provide Faisal, the son of former Pension Reform Task Team Abdulrasheed Maina, who’s believed to have jumped bail.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Faisal earlier than the court docket for cash laundering-related offences.
He was granted bail in December 2019, with Dan Galadima standing surety for him upon signing a N60 million bond.
The court docket, on November 24, 2020, following an utility by the prosecution, revoked the bail granted the defendant on the grounds that he had absconded, and ordered his arrest.
The court docket additionally ordered the issuance of summons on the surety to point out trigger why he ought to both not forfeit the N60 million he pledged whereas taking Faisal on bail or be despatched to jail till he is ready to produce the defendant.
Dan Galadima was in court docket on Wednesday with a lawyer, Mohammed Sheriff, who stated he had simply been briefed and that he wanted time to file processes in response to the court docket’s order.
Lead prosecuting lawyer, Mohammed Abuabkar, didn’t object to Sheriff’s request, as he stated the surety, having chosen to attend court docket even earlier than the summons was served on him, deserved to be allowed time to file his processes.
Ruling, Justice Okon Abang granted Dan Galadima time to reply and show why he ought to both not forfeit the N60 million he pledged whereas taking Faisal on bail or be despatched to jail till he is ready to produce the defendant.
The prosecution had earlier taken its final witness, Ruqayya Ibrahim, an Investigator with the EFCC, who knowledgeable the court docket that the findings performed by her steam revealed that Faisal made false claims about his property.
“The major finding of our investigation is that the companies and property mentioned are those he failed to declare. Also, we found that he was operating an account, which is a business name account, which he is not the owner of,” the witness stated.
At the conclusion of Ibrahim’s testament, the prosecution closed its case.
The court docket acceded to the prosecution’s utility that the defence be foreclosed from cross-examining its witness, having deserted the proceedings with out giving any motive.
It adjourned until December four for the defence to open its case and for Faisal’s surety to point out trigger.
During proceedings in Maina’s trial, Justice Abang averred that the surety to the primary defendant (Maina), Senator Ali Ndume, had utilized to the court docket for bail.
The court docket, on November 23, 2020, ordered Ndume’s remand in jail for failure to provide Maina, who’s believed to have jumped bail.
Justice Abang stated he had scheduled Ndume’s bail utility for listening to at this time and had ordered the issuance of listening to notices on events.
A lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, who’s representing Main’s business – Common Input Property and Investment Limited – advised the court docket that he had filed a discover, indicating his intention to withdraw from additional representing his consumer.
The lawyer, who stated his transient had not been perfected (he had not been paid by his consumer), apologised to the court docket for being absent from proceedings throughout among the current adjournments.
Ruling, Justice Abang stated the discover the lawyer claimed to have filed was not within the court docket’s file.
The choose adjourned until December three for the continuation of trial.