Money laundering scandal: Maina’s son, Faisal, rearrested

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Son of the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force, Faisal Maina, was re-arrested on Thursday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.

The re-arrest of the young Maina is sequel to the order of the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja after the defendant jumped bail, like his father.

Faisal is standing trial, alongside his father, for alleged money laundering.

The judge had also summoned a House of Representatives member from Zamfara state, Sani Umar Dangaladima, who stood as Faisal’s surety.

During court proceedings on Thursday, counsel to Dangaladima, M. E. Sheriff, urged the court to suspend hearing of the forfeiture case against his client adding that there was information that the defendant had been arrested.

“My lord, I was reliably informed that the defendant had been arrested. He was arrested last night and he is in custody,” he said.

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Farouk Abdullah, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had also received “unofficial” information of Faisal’s arrest.

“He is not in our custody yet, but we got information unofficially that he has been arrested,” he said.

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