Faisal Maina, the 21-year-old son of embattled former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Team who is facing a multiple-count charge of Money Laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has been arrested while trying to flee the country via Niger Republic, just like his father, Abdulrasheed Maina. He had been declared Wanted since November 2020 by The Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to the anti-graft agency, EFCC, Faisal, who had jumped bail since 24th of June last year, was arrested on Wednesday night.
Recall that Trial Justice Abang Okon had revoked Faisal’s bail since November last year and had also issued a bench warrant that he be arrested by Security Agents wherever he is found.
EFCC alleged that Maina’s son had sometimes between 2013 and 2019, received the sum of N58.11million, being proceeds of his father’s corrupt dealings while in office.
He was also accused of failing to properly declare his assets before the EFCC.
Before he was released on bail, the Defendant had initially been remanded in police custody after the prosecution notified the court that he was being investigated on allegation bordering on his 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.
It will be recalled that his father, Maina, who is facing a separate 12-count money laundering charge, also jumped bail and was later arrested in Niger Republic by Interpol.
Equally summoned was the member representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency, Umar Dan-Galadima, who stood surety for Faisal, to explain why he should not be remanded in prison or forfeit the N60million bail bond he had stood surety with on behalf of the Accused.
However, Counsel to the Surety, Mr. M.E. Sherrif urged the court for a suspension of the Forfeiture Case against his client in light of Faisal’s reported arrest.
Justice Abang, in another bench ruling, dismissed the Surety’s counsel’s Adjournment request, maintaining that it must be proved beyond reasonable doubt why the said property should not be forfeited.
Counsel to the EFCC, Abdullah Farouk confirmed unofficial reports that Faisal has indeed been arrested but clarified that he is yet to be handed over to the agency.