Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says Faisal, son of Abdulrasheed Maina has fled to the United States of America, the Economic.
Faisal’s father is a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team.
Mr Faisal is standing trial on charges of money laundering but had jumped bail refusing to attend trial since November 24, 2020.
At the resumed hearing of the case, Mohammed Abubakar, counsel to the EFCC told Justice Okon Abang he has information that the defendant has fled to the US through the Republic of Niger.
“We have a bench warrant of the court for the arrest of the defendant and his apprehension before the court,” he said.
“We have been making serious efforts to execute the bench warrant but it has met challenges. The defendant has absconded to the USA.”
Abubakar said the previous information by the prosecution that the defendant was arrested in Sokoto “was a rumour”.
“Despite the fact that the Nigerian and American passports of the defendant are in the custody of this court as part of his bail conditions, the information we have indicates that the defendant was able to sneak out of Nigeria to the Republic of Niger from where he was able to proceed to the USA,” he said
Earlier at Thursday’s sitting, Justice Abang, in a committal proceeding ruling, ordered Faisal’s surety, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadima, representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to forfeit a property used as a bail bond