A Federal High Court has ordered Ali Ndume, the senator representing Borno South, to be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre for failing to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team.

Ndume stood as surety to secure bail for Maina, who is standing trial on alleged money laundering charges.

However, the former Pension boss has repeatedly failed to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

In a ruling by Justice Okon Abang on Monday, the court ordered the senator’s remand pending the fulfillment of his bail bond of N500 million which is to be forfeited to the federal government.

The court also empowered the federal government to sell the Borno south senator’s property at Asokoro in order to recover the 500 million naira bond.

The presiding judge added that Ndume will be released from Kuje once he is able to pay the N500 million or if the prosecutor is able to dispose of the property and payment made to the federal government.

Marcel Oru, Ndume’s lawyer, vowed to appeal the court’s ruling.

Maina’s trial-in-absentia has been adjourned to Nov. 24.

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