The former chairman of Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, nine months after his arrest and arraignment before Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja Division of the federal high court.
Maina, who was alleged to be involved in looting billions of naira from the contributory pensions scheme was charged before Justice Abang by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on October 25 2019. He was arraigned alongside Faisal, his son, and firm, Common Input Property and Investment Ltd.
Adeola Adedipe, Maina’s legal representative told NAN in an interview that his client was released on Monday evening after completing the necessary documents for his bail. Adedipe disclosed that Maina ought to have been released on July 24 but it was delayed due to bureaucratic bottlenecks.
“It was already late last week Friday so they now have a new timeline shifted at 6 O’clock. We went there and everything was done,” he said.
He expressed joy at Maina’s release, revealing that it would not only afford him the opportunity to get adequate medical attention but also enable him prepare for trial.
“We can only thank God and this is good for us because we will now have time to prepare for his defence; we will now have good conferencing on the matter,” he said.
“We will have a better perspective of what the case is all about. And this will also allow him to treat himself you know he has been very ill in order to stand the trial.”
Maina is facing a 12 count charge bordering on money laundering but he pleaded not guilty to all the allegations. His trial is expected to commence in earnest later in the year.