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Appeal Court upholds Faisal Maina’s conviction

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the conviction of Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for conspiracy and money laundering.

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Maina, the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, is currently serving an eight-year jail term at Kuje Prison in Abuja for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion and his son has been named an accomplice.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, a three-member panel of the appeal court reduced the term of imprisonment from 14 years to seven years on the grounds that Faisal is a first-time offender.

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In the judgment by Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu, the court held that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja was right to have convicted Faisal.

Ogakwu added “But as a first-time offender, the trial court ought not to have handed the convict the maximum punishment under the law”.

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