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Extradition: Ndume abandons Maina, says he’s unreliable

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By Cyril Mbah, Abuja

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) has withdrawn his support and surety for the embattled former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina, describing Maina as unreliable.

Ndume was detained for about five days at the Kuje Correction Facility after Maina, for whom he stood as surety, absconded to Niger Republic and was not present for his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja on N2 billion money laundering charges.

Maina was later arrested in Niger Republic and extradited to Nigeria. Last Friday, the court ordered that he be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre until the end of his trial.

Ndume, who spoke to newsmen in an interview, disclosed that he had asked his lawyers to begin the legal process of removing his name as the surety to Maina.

The senator commended the police for arresting Maina and said he decided to withdraw as Maina’s surety because the man was not trustworthy. “I commend the Nigeria Police Force for executing the bench warrant issued on Maina by the Federal High Court in Abuja. This has shown that the NPF is not a write-off.

“With the successful arrest, extradition and subsequent remand of Maina at the Kuje Correctional Centre, I will proceed to direct my legal team to begin the process of withdrawing as surety for Maina with immediate effect because his action has shown that he is not trustworthy.”

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