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BREAKING: Maina’s son, Faisal sentenced to 14 years imprisonment



Faisal Maina has been sentenced to 14 years in jail

The son of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, Faisal, has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

The judgement was delivered by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday presided by Justice Okon Abang.

Faisal was found Faisal guilty on a three-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him.

The court held that the EFCC successfully proved that Faisal had been operating a shady account in the name of Alhaji Faisal Farm 2, with the United Bank for Africa, UBA, through which his father, Maina, laundered the sum of N58.1million.


It was noted that the money which was deposited into the shady account, was withdrawn sequentially by Faisal and his father between October 2013 and June 2019.

Faisal Maina has been re-arrested after he jumped bail

Faisal Maina

Justice Abang said he was satisfied that the EFCC proved all the essential ingredients of the charge, stressing that the Defendant reasonably ought to have known that inflows into the bank account formed proceeds of an unlawful act of corruption by his father.

While the court sentenced the Defendant to 5 years in count 1 and 3 of the charge, he was sentenced to 14 years on count 2 of the charge.

The court held that the charge would run concurrently, starting from Thursday.

The court ordered that the 21-year-old Faisal, who had since June 24, 2020, failed to appear for his trial, should be arrested anywhere he is found in Nigeria and remanded in any Correctional Service Center to serve his jail term immediately.


It further held that in the event that the Defendant traced to anywhere outside the country, the Federal Government, “shall legally or lawfully commence extradition proceeds to bring him into the country to serve the jail term”.

The court ordered that the company through which the fund was laundered, Alhaji Faisal Farm 2, be wound up, with funds in it forfeited to the government.

It will be recalled that the court had on November 24, 2020, issued a bench warrant for security agencies to arrest Faisal wherever he is found, shortly after his bail was revoked.

EFCC closed its case against him after it called three witnesses that testified in the matter.

Abdulrasheed Maina collapsed during court proceedings on Thursday1

Faisal Maina’s father, Abdulrasheed Maina collapsed in court same day his son was arrested

It alleged that Maina’s son had sometimes between 2013 and 2019, received the sum of N58.11million, being proceeds of a corrupt act by his father.

He was also accused of failing to properly declare his assets before the EFCC.

Faisal had reportedly pulled a gun to challenge operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS that arrested his father at a hotel in Abuja on September 30, 2019.

The EFCC had ealier told the court that it got intelligence report that Faisal had escaped to the United States of America.

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