Court to hear Ndume’s bail application on Thursday


The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Thursday for the hearing of the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume.

Ndume has been detained in Kuje prison since Monday for standing as surety for a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, believed to have jumped bail.

Maina is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on charges of money laundering to the tune of N2bn.

On November 18, 2020, the judge, Justice Okon Abang, revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia.

The judge also remanded Ndume in prison until he produced the fleeing defendant or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account.

Ndume, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.

The judge acknowledged that the bail application was brought to his attention at about 8.58 am on Wednesday, disclosing that he had immediately directed that the matter be fixed for hearing on Thursday.

He also said he had directed that hearing notice for the Thursday’s proceedings be issued and served on the parties.

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