Appeal Court upholds Maina’s eight-year sentence for N2.1bn fraud

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the conviction and eight-year sentence imposed on the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina for laundering about N2.1billion

Delivering the ruling, a three-member panel unanimously affirmed the judgement read by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, convicting and sentencing him on November 8, 2021.

Justice Justice Elfreda Williams-Daudu, in the lead judgment also affirmed the various interlocutory rulings delivered in the course of the trial at the Federal High Court, which Maina appealed against.

Justice Williams-Daudu, who resolved the two issues, identified for determination, against Maina, held that he was not denied fair hearing by the trial court and that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Recall that Former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment after he was found guilty of money laundering by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Maina was standing trial on a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had accused Maina of stealing over N2 billion meant for pensioners and using some of the stolen funds to acquire properties in Abuja.

Maina had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. He also jumped bail twice in the course of his trial, but was arrested in Niger Republic, where he had fled.




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