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  • Updated: October 07, 2021

21 Year-Old Faisal Maina Sentenced To 14 Years Imprisonment For Money Laundering

Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced the son of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to 14 years imprisonment.

In a judgement that was delivered by Justice Okon Abang, Faisal Maina was found guilty on three-count of money laundering the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred against him.

The court held that the anti-graft agency successfully established that Faisal, operated a fictitious bank account with the United Bank for Africa, UBA, through which his father, Maina, laundered the sum of N58.1million.

According to the judge, the fund which was deposited into the account that was operated in the name of Alhaji Faisal Farm 2, was sequentially withdrawn by the Defendant and his father, between October 2013 and June 2019.

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.

Fiasal was sentenced to 5 years in count 1 and 3 of the charge, while on count 2, he was sentenced to 14 years to run concurrently.

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 is sighted anywhere outside the country, the Federal Government, “shall legally or lawfully commence extradition proceedings to bring him into the country to serve his 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24, 2020, issued a bench warrant for security agencies to arrest Faisal wherever he is found, shortly after his bail was revoked.

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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