Court declined the request of Senator Ali Ndume to withdraw as a Surety for embattled former chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
The Federal High Court in Abuja took the decision on Monday when it observed that the same matter has also been filled before a Court of Appeal and therefore amounts to abuse of court processes.
Justice Okon Abang who gave the ruling said his court therefore lack the jurisdiction to hear the case filed by Senator Ali Ndume on the matter and went ahead to dismiss the case.
“Where an appeal has been filed, every application will be made before the Court of Appeal. Therefore, any issue can only be entertained by the Court of Appeal”, the Judge said.
“I have no jurisdiction to carry out a surgical operation on what is before the Court of Appeal. Where this happens, the court has the power to dismiss it", Abang added before dismissing the case.
It could be recalled that Ndume stood surety for Maina in the over N1bn money laundering case against him said to have been perpetrated during his time as the chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team.
However, Abdulrasheed Maina jumped bail before he was subsequently re-arrested in Niger Republic by security operatives and brought back to Nigeria to continue facing his trials.
Maina’s bail was consequently revoked after he was arrested and was extradited to Nigeria on 3rd of December 2020.
After Maina’s rearrest, Ali Ndume had applied to withdraw as his surety after the lawmaker used his Abuja property’s title documents worth N500m as bail bond.
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