Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to seek relief from being surety for accused Abdulrasheed Maina.
Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, is under trial for a N2 billion money laundering case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The corruption case has lingered for months running into a year now and Ndume has repeatedly been caught in the middle as he stands as a surety for the defendant.
Ndume came to the picture when the court granted bail to Maina last year. Maina jumped the bail and the surety has since then been looking for a way out of the case.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, applied formally for the discharge of his client as surety and the release of the title documents that were deposited in court.
Oru made this prayer on the argument that Maina, who earlier jumped bail, had been rearrested and was in the custody of the prosecution.
However, Justice Okon Abang raised the issue of whether the court has the jurisdiction to hear the application since an appeal has been entered.
The defendants’ lawyer replied, saying that since Maina had been rearrested, the court can hear the case.
But the lawyer for the EFCC, Mohammed Abubakar opposed, insisting that the court leaked the jurisdiction to do so.
Justice Abang adjourned the case till October 4 to rule on the notice of preliminary objection.