Faisal, the son of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been re-arrested.
Farouk Abdullah, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and M. E. Sheriff, counsel to the younger Maina’s surety, informed a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday that the defendant was re-arrested on Wednesday.
Faisal is standing trial alongside his father for alleged money laundering.
Justice Okon Abang, the trial judge, had issued a warrant of arrest against Faisal on 24 November after the defendant jumped bail on 24 June.
The court equally summoned the member representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency, Umar Dan-Galadima, who stood surety for the defendant, to show cause why he should not be remanded in custody or made to forfeit N60million bail bond to the Federal Government.
The court also ordered that the trial would continue in the absence of the defendant in line with section 352 (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Thursday, Sheriff, counsel to the surety, urged the court to suspend hearing of the forfeiture case against his client in view of the arrest of the defendant.
“My lord, I was reliably informed that the defendant had been arrested. He was arrested last night and he is in custody,” he said.
Responding, Abdullah, the EFCC counsel, said the commission has also received “unofficial” information of Faisal’s arrest.
“He is not in our custody yet, but we got information unofficially that he has been arrested,” he said.
On his part, Anayo Adibe who announced appearance for Faisal, also applied for suspension of the committal/forfeiture proceeding against the surety “to allow the court to ascertain the authenticity or otherwise of the defendant’s status”.
However, Justice Abang dismissed the application and ordered the surety to make his case.
EFCC alleged that Maina’s son had sometimes between 2013 and 2019, received the sum of N58.11million, being proceeds of a corrupt act by his father.
He was also accused of failing to properly declare his assets before the EFCC.
Before he was released on bail, the defendant was initially remanded in police custody after the prosecution notified the court that he was being investigated on allegation bordering on alleged possession of illegal firearm.
Faisal had reportedly pulled a gun to challenge operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) that arrested his father at a hotel in Abuja on September 30.
The senior Maina, who is facing a separate 12-count money laundering charge, also jumped bail and was later arrested in Niger Republic by the Interpol and extradited to Nigeria.