Ndume backs off from Maina, asks lawyers to withdraw suretiship immediately

Ali Ndume, Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, has directed his legal team to begin the process of terminating the surety bond he signed for the embattled former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Ndume, who is representing Borno South Senatorial District in the Senate, had stood surety for Maina, his constituent, who is standing trial at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The Judge had as part of the bail conditions, demanded among others, that Maina should produce a serving senator as his surety.

Ndume, being the representative of the ex-pension boss in the Senate, agreed to stand surety for Maina who later jumped bail and escaped from Nigeria.

The judge subsequently remanded Ndume in the Kuje Correctional Centre following his inability to produce Maina when the case came up for hearing.

A legal battle ensued and Ndume was released from custody while the run-away Maina was arrested in Niger Republic and extradited to Nigeria on Thursday.

He was subsequently remanded in Kuje prison by the FCT High Court on Friday.

Reacting to the development in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday, Ndume commended the Inspector General of Police. Mohammed Adamu, and other security personnel that were involved in the arrest and extradition of Maina.

He said the development has established the fact that the Nigeria Police Force 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 my suretiship for Maina with immediate effect because his action has shown that he is not trustworthy.”

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