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Appeal court upholds conviction of Maina’s son over money laundering

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Faisal Maina has been sentenced to 14 years in jail
Faisal Maina's jail term reduced to 7 years

The Court of Appeal in Abuja affirmed the conviction of Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, the incarcerated ex-Chairman of the disbanded Pension Reform Taskforce Team (PRTT), for conspiracy and money laundering.

Maina, the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, is serving an eight-year jail term at Kuje Prison in Abuja for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion and his son has been named an accomplice.

Meanwhile, in a judgment on Thursday, November 24, 2022, a three-member panel of the appeal court reduced the term of imprisonment from 14 years to seven years on the grounds that he (Faisal) is a first-time offender.

In the judgement by Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu, the court held that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja was right to have convicted Faisal.

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“But as a first-time offender, the trial court ought not to have handed the convict the maximum punishment under the law,” Ogakwu added.

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