By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
For Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, a ranking Senator representing Borno South, it has become a joke taken too far as a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered him to be remanded in Kuje correctional centre following his inability to produce the embattled Abdulrasheed Maina.
Justice Okon Abang made the order following Ndume’s failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, who is standing trail before the court on money laundering charges and for whom, Ndume stood surety.
Justice Abang held that having failed to produce Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail and having failed to show cause why he should not forfeit his bail bond, ordered that Ndume should only be released if he meets either of three conditions.
First is that he pays N500m bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evident of such payment in court or the FG sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledge as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500m realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.
Ndume was immediately led away from the courtroom shortly after the judge’s pronouncement.