Senator Ali Ndume
Senator Ali Ndume

Court grants bail to Ndume after spending days in Kuje prison

NEWS DIGEST – The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday for his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina who he stood as surety for.

The News Digest reports that the Senator was jailed on Monday at the Kuje Prison.

Recall that Mr Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, who is standing trial in N2bn pension scam, had disappeared after securing a bail.

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Okon Abang said he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court.

The judge granted bail to the senator pending the hearing and determination of Ndume’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order sending him to jail for his inability to produce the fleeing Maina.

He ordered the senator to produce one surety who must be a resident of Abuja and present evidence of ownership of property anywhere in Abuja.

According to the judge, the surety must also depose to an affidavit of means to indicate his readiness to forfeit the bail guaranty should the senator jump bail.

The judge also ordered the senator to deposit his passport with the Chief Registrar of the court.

He also ordered the lawmaker to file an undertaking that he would compile records of appeal and transmit it to the Court of Appeal within 10 days, a way the court wants him to demonstrate his readiness to prosecute his appeal.