Mr Mohammed Sheriff, counsel to Rep. Umar Dan-Galadima, who stood as surety for Faisal, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman, Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), told the court that Faisal had been re-arrested by security operatives.
The lawyer disclosed this when he appealed to Justice Okon Abang to suspend the hearing of the property forfeiture proceedings against the lawmaker since Faisal had been re-arrested.
He urged Abang not to grant the EFCC’s property forfeiture order against Dan-Galadima, lawmaker who represents Kaura-Namoda in the House of Representatives, following his inability to produce the defendant in court.
Sheriff stressed that since Faisal had been arrested, from the information reaching him, it would be of no use for the lawmaker to forfeit the landed property which was used as guarantee for the N60-million bail bond.
“My lord, I was reliably informed that the defendant (Faisal) had been arrested. He was arrested last night and he is in custody,” he said.
The EFCC’s counsel, Farouk Abdullah, however, conceded that even though he heard the information that Faisal had been arrested, it was still in the realm of speculation.
Abdullah, who said that the defendant had yet to be handed over to the commission, insisted on the commencement of the property forfeiture proceedings.
“He is not in our custody yet, but we got information, though unofficially, that he has been arrested,” he added.