Appeal Court Upholds Faisal Maina’s Conviction, reduces 14 years jail term to seven

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The Appellate Court in Abuja has upheld the conviction of Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for conspiracy and money laundering.

In a judgment on Thursday, a three-member panel of the appellate court however reduced his term of imprisonment from 14 years to seven years on the grounds that he is first- time offender.

In the lead judgment by Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu, the court held that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja was right to have convicted Faisal.

Maina, the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, is serving an eight-year jail term at Kuje Prison in Abuja for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion and his son has been named an accomplice.

He was of the view that being a first time offender, the trial court ought not to have handed the convict the maximum punishment under the law.




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