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Court Orders Forfeiture of Surety’s Property As Faisal, Maina’s Son, flees to the U.S.

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Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has ordered the forfeiture, to the Federal Government, a property belonging to Sani Dan-Galadima, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, who stood surety to Faisal Maina.

Faisal, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) who is being prosecuted on money laundering charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is standing trial on charges of money laundering, and had jumped bail refusing to attend trial since November 24, 2020.

At the resumed hearing of the case, prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the presiding Judge, Justice Okon Abang that the defendant, from information at his disposal, had fled to the United States of America, USA, through the Republic of Niger.

Following the development, the Court entered into a committal proceeding and ordered the forfeiture of property to the government.

It would be recalled that the court had on November 26, 2019, admitted Faisal to bail in the sum of N60 million with a surety (Dan-Galadima) in like sum who must be a member of the House of Representatives.

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Consequently, the surety’s lawyer, Mr. M. E. Sheriff urged the court to suspend the hearing of the forfeiture proceedings earlier entered on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

The case has been adjourned to March 31, 2021 for continuation of trial.

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