The News Agency of Nigeria is reporting that Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre nine months after his detention.
Maina, who was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his son, has been in detention since October 2019.
His lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, on Tuesday, July 28 confirmed his client’s release on Monday, July 27, adding that he has completed the necessary documents for his freedom.
On why Maina had been kept in detention after Justice Abang further varied his bail conditions, the lawyer said: “It was also administrative. There were lapses here and there; the transmission of processes from one department of government to another.”
He, however, said the development had nothing to do with an act of vindictiveness on the part of the government officials.
Adedipe, who expressed happiness over the release, said the action would afford his client to have adequate medical attention.
“We can only thank God and this is good for us because we will now have time to prepare for his defence; we will now have goof conferencing on the matter.
“We will have a better perspective of what the case is all about. And this will also allow him to treat himself you know he has been very ill to stand the trial,” he said.
Osigwe said he was happy Maina had been released on bail and that the development would allow him to attend to his health challenge and continue his trial.
Although Maina is charged with 12-counts bordering on money laundering, he had, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
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