Breaking: Court sentences Maina’s son, Faisal, to 14 years imprisonment -GCFRNG
ABUJA – The Federal Supreme Court of Abuja, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced the son of the former chairman of the late Task Force for Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, Faisal, to 14 years in prison.
The Court, in a ruling handed down by the first instance judge Okon Abang, found Faisal guilty of three counts of money laundering that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him.
He argued that the anti-bribery agency successfully established that Faisal operated a fictitious bank account at the United Bank for Africa, UBA, through which his father, Maina, laundered the sum of N58.1 million.
The court noted that said fund, which was deposited in the account operating in the name of Alhaji Faisal Farm 2, was withdrawn sequentially by the Defendant and his father, between October 2013 and June 2019.
Judge Abang said that he was satisfied that the EFCC tested all the essential ingredients of the charge, and emphasized that the defendant should have reasonably known that the entries to the bank account were the product of an illegal act of corruption on the part of the father. of the.
While the court sentenced the defendant to 5 years on counts 1 and 3 of the count, he was sentenced to 14 years on count 2 of the count.
The court held that the charge would run simultaneously, starting Thursday.
The court ordered 21-year-old Faisal, who had not appeared for trial since June 24, 2020, to be arrested anywhere in Nigeria and at any correctional services facility to serve his jail sentence immediately.
In addition, he argued that in the event that the accused is located anywhere outside the country, the Federal Government “will legally or legally initiate extradition procedures to bring him to the country to serve the prison sentence.”
The court ordered that the company through which the fund was laundered, Alhaji Faisal Farm 2, be liquidated and the funds confiscated from the government.
It will be recalled that on November 24, 2020, the court issued an arrest warrant for security agencies to arrest Faisal wherever he is, shortly after his bail was revoked.
EFCC closed its case against him after he called three witnesses who testified in the matter.
He alleged that Maina’s son sometimes, between 2013 and 2019, received the sum of N58.11 million, the product of an act of corruption by his father.
He was also charged with failing to properly declare his assets to the EFCC.
Faisal had reportedly drawn a weapon to defy agents from the Department of State Service, DSS, who arrested his father at a hotel in Abuja on September 30, 2019.
The EFCC had previously told the court that it received an intelligence report that Faisal had escaped to the United States of America.