The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, November, 27, granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume and sanctioned his release after spending five days in Kuje Correctional Centre. Justice Okon Abang, who gave the ruling, said the court decided to exercise its discretionary powers based on Mr Ndume’s record of good behavior in the course of the trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairperson, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), for whom he stood surety. The bail was granted to the senator pending the hearing and determination of his appeal filed at the Court of Appeal challenging his remand.
Justice Abang ordered the senator to produce one surety who must be a resident of Abuja and present evidence of ownership of property anywhere in Abuja.
He said, the surety must also depose to an Affidavit of Means to indicate his readiness to forfeit the bail guaranty should the senator also jump bail.
Mr Abang had ordered that Mr Ndume (APC-Borno South) be remanded in the correctional facility following his failure to pay the sum of N500m bail bond or produce Maina in court.
Mr Ndume said he elected to stand as surety to Mr Maina because the latter is one of his constituents in Borno South Senatorial District after deliberating on the issue for days.
Mr Maina, currently standing trial for financial embezzlement , an allegation slammed against him by the EFCC, has refused to appear for his trial after he was granted bail by the court. His son Mr Faisal is also standing trial, like his father, over money laundering allegation by the anti-graft agency.
The court has also revoked the bail granted Mr Faisal, following his refusal to appear for his own trial.
The court had equally issued a warrant of arrest on him, saying Mr Faisal should be arrested wherever security agencies find him and have him brought to court for his trial.
The court also ordered Ndume to deposit his International Passport to the Chief Registrar of the court pending the determination of his appeal.