By Henry Umoru
FORMER Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, All Progressives Congress, APC, Borno South, yesterday gave an perception into why he stood surety for the embattled chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who’s going through trial over alleged involvement in cash laundering.
In a textual content message to journalists, Ndume famous that it was a tough determination for him to take, including that Maina was certainly one of his constituents who required a serving senator to face for him.
The lawmaker mentioned he needed to take the choice as a result of he stood for the great, the unhealthy and the ugly in Borno State.
Ndume, who’s the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, mentioned the offence the previous Pension Reform Task Team chief was being tried for was a bailable one, including that he was not in opposition to what the courtroom was doing.
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According to him, if Maina is discovered responsible of the offence, he needs to be sentenced.
Ndume mentioned: “It took me over six months to conform to be his surety. First, the bail situation requires a serving senator and I occur to be the one. Second, his well being situation is deteriorating and wishes particular medical consideration.
“Third, his offense is bailable and lastly, I’m not saying the courtroom ought to discharge and acquit him. If he’s responsible, he can be sentenced.
“It was a hard decision I had to make. I have a duty to represent the good, the bad and the ugly of Borno South. May Allah guide us to the right path. Ameen”
Ndume had on Tuesday, agreed to face surety for the embattled Maina, who’s going through trial over his alleged involvement in cash laundering.
Recall that the previous pension boss had since October 25, 2019, remained on the Kuje Correctional Center over his incapacity to good among the situations the Federal High Court, Abuja, gave for his launch on bail.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had alleged that Maina used a agency, Common Input Properties & Investment Limited, to launder funds to the tune of about N2billion, a part of which he used to amass landed properties in Abuja.