Moses Okorie

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has tampered justice with mercy by reducing the bail bond of Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team from N1billion to N500 million.

In his ruling on Tuesday, January 28, he maintained that Maina is to present one surety in like sum who must be a senator.

A fortnight ago, the court had declined the application filed by the accused person requesting the court to reject documented evidence presented against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

But, Justice Okon Abang said the defendant was not in a position to determine which document was relevant to the case of the prosecution.

He said any document the prosecution decided to bring before the court to prove their case, provided it was admissible to the law, such documents would be admitted in evidence.

The judge, however, noted that whether the court would consider the document relevant to a case before it was entirely a different issue.

Okon Abang

Justice Abang said: “It is a case of the prosecution and not the defendant. The defendants have not opened their defence.

“It is possible that at the close of the case of the prosecution, the defendants may or may not call evidence in the matter.

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