My legs are at risk – Serial bail jumper Maina tells FHC judge

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Former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reforms Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina has appealed to the Federal High Court, Abuja to save him from losing his leg.

He told Justice Okon Abang on Friday that only release on bail could enable him to get the adequate medical attention needed to prevent imminent amputation of his leg.

Maina, who is being tried on N2 billion money laundering charges, stated this in an affidavit filed before the court through his counsel, Sani Katu SAN at his resumed trial.

Katu told the court that his client was taken to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada due to his deteriorating health condition and the medical report was lodged with the court.

He explained that the Kuje Correctional Centre where his client was kept lacked the requisite medical facility to attend to him.

“He has made an averment to satisfy the bail conditions with a specific undertaken that he will not jump bail if the court is magnanimous enough to grant bail again.

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“In the interest of justice, grant this application, particularly on grounds of ill health which is evident in the first defendant,” the counsel to the court.

Recall that Maina stopped attending court proceedings in September 2020 after he was granted bail by the court.

This caused Justice Abang to threaten his surety, Senator Ali Ndume with arrest if he failed to produce the accused.

Maina was nabbed in the Niger Republic, where he had escaped to and was extradited to Nigeria on December 3, 2020.

Justice Abang subsequently revoked his bail and ordered his remand in a correctional centre until the end of his trial.

However, the accused person appeared before the judge for a fresh application for bail on January 20, citing worsening health conditions.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is prosecuting the accused, opposed the application.

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